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Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs 2017-04-24T21:05:44+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 interactive discussion at the Visitor Cabin. 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. We will also talk about the current night sky and what planets and other objects we hope to see. As sunset approaches, we’ll drive to the High Mesa parking lot where volunteer astronomers await with telescopes to provide a closer look at the wonders of the night sky. While we wait for our eyesight to adjust to the growing darkness, a short talk will explain how telescopes help us to better view night-sky objects and how the different types of telescopes work. Telescopes will focus on different features and the volunteers will change that focus periodically during the viewing time.  Even if several telescopes happen to be pointed at the same object, the view will likely be different because of variations in telescope design, eyepieces, aperture, and magnification. What do you notice?  Viewing is scheduled to continue until about one hour after maximum darkness or the last guest leaves, whichever is later. Guests may depart from the viewing area whenever they choose.

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.