Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open to the public

Before there was Beyoncé, Rhianna and Kanye, there was Regulus, Antares and Polaris! Come out to the Gunnison Valley Observatory this Friday evening, August 29th and join Park Service Interpretive Ranger Ali and learn about Stellar Evolution – the Lives of Real Stars!

On Saturday, August 30th join local Astronomer Mike Brooks at the Observatory and Explore the Summer Triangle. It’s one of the most easily identifed star asterisms in the summer sky. Come out and take a look at Vega, Altair and Deneb!

Each Friday and Saturday evening, following the astronomy talks, view the Gunnison night sky through the variety of available telescopes, including the 30” dome-housed telescope. The Observatory, located at 2804 CR 38 (Gold Basin Road across from the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area) opens at sunset (about 8 PM). No reservations are required and entry is by suggested donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Carpe Noctem- Seize the Night!

Gunnison Valley Observatory offers access to professional quality star gazing and knowledge of astronomy. Our 30-inch reflector telescope maximizes our thin and unpolluted Rocky Mountain atmosphere to bring distant astronomical vistas to the eyes of residents and visitors of the Gunnison Valley.

Gunnison Valley Observatory offers many exciting ways to support its mission and goals.  You can attend the summer Friday and Saturday lecture series and telescope viewings, volunteer, book a private showing or become a financial sponsor.  For more information about the observatory, please browse through the various sections at the left.

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Observatory Building