Astronomy Day at Garden of The Gods, SEPT 30, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Event Details

Garden of the Gods Astronomy Day Celebration and Star Party

The 2017 Garden of the Gods Astronomy Day Celebration and Star Party – is free for attendees – and will celebrate National Astronomy Day in partnership with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. There will be high-powered telescopes to explore the day and night sky. Activities during the day include solar astronomy viewing, crafts and activities for kids including an exhibit hall scavenger hunt. The evening Star Party for night sky viewing will begin after sunset from 7 pm – 10 pm. All ages welcome. Sky viewing is weather dependent. Outdoor/Indoor event at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Recommended to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Event highlights include:
• Free family friendly event

• Interactive Exhibits at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – Highlighting the Geology, Flora, Fauna, and History of Garden of the Gods Park. Free exhibit hall scavenger hunt activity!

• 3:00 pm – Sunset

Daytime activities including: Solar Astronomy with telescopes and special filters, hands-on science demonstrations, crafts for all ages including: UV light bracelets and sun dials, real life meteorite hunter with meteorite display

• 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nocturnal Animals of the Garden of the Gods: Wildlife Education Touch Table by the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services

• 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ancient Skies Astronomy Talk presented by Bruce Bookout – Professional astronomer and local professor from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (Red Rocks Room)

• 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Star Party (sunset is 6:43 pm) View the night sky through various telescopes with the expert astronomers from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

The purpose of National Astronomy Day is to connect the public with local astronomy education groups, and to encourage appreciation of astronomy. Originally started in 1973, Astronomy Day is now observed twice yearly in the spring and fall, throughout the United States.



Director of Outreach