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Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs 2018-05-02T16:49:38+00:00

NIGHT SKY ARCHAEOASTRONOMY PROGRAMS

CRIA offers two different Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs; Stars & Galaxies and Our Solar System. For both programs, Your evening begins with an amazing sunset and interactive discussion at the Kiva Trailhead just off the high mesa parking lot. Visitors can bring their own camp chairs or sit on the stone wall or wooden benches that will be provided. Topics will include how the ancient people who periodically inhabited the site lived, how they used the unique landscape of the Chimney Rock area to view the sky and what special astronomical events they might have seen.  After the discussion, volunteer astronomers await with telescopes to provide a closer look at the wonders of the night sky.

Remember that at this altitude the nights begin to cool rapidly after sunset, so an appropriate jacket or sweater will enable you to keep comfortable while you enjoy the majesty of the night sky at Chimney Rock.  These programs are perfect for young families and those with limited mobility.  Visitors traveling with their own telescope are encouraged to bring it to the program and share it with others. Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Tickets are $12.00 (adults) and $5.00 (children 5-12) plus booking fee, and are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available. For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 – 4:30 Mountain Time.

STARS & GALAXIES

Timed for when the moon is absent from the sky, this program enables us to enjoy the night sky in a truly dark-sky environment and see fainter objects that the moon’s light would normally obscure.

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM 

Timed for when the moon is present in the sky but not fully illuminated, this program enables us to enjoy the night sky unimpeded by artificial lighting or the brightness of a full moon, and see many of the brighter objects that are visible.  The moon is especially enjoyable to view through a telescope because features near the terminator (the boundary between the lit and unlit portions of the moon) stand out in particularly high contrast and are easy to discern.

You can book our monthly programs online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

STARS & GALAXIES DATES

FRIDAY, MAY 19TH

PROGRAM STARTS AT 6:45PM

Guests must arrive between 6:15pm-6:30pm.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16TH

PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:00PM

Guests must arrive between 6:30-6:45pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 21ST

PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:00PM

Guests must arrive between 6:30pm-6:45pm.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH

PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:00PM

Guests must arrive between 6:30pm-6:45pm.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22ND

PROGRAM STARTS AT 5:30PM

Guests must arrive between 5:00pm-5:15pm.

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM DATES

FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND

PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:00PM

Guests must arrive between 6:30pm-6:45pm.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30TH

PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:00PM

Guests must arrive between 6:30-6:45pm.

FRIDAY. JULY 28TH

PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:00PM

Guests must arrive between 6:30pm-6:45pm.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

PROGRAM STARTS AT 6:00PM

Guests must arrive between 5:30pm-5:45pm.