March 04, 2016 Dark Skies Observing Event at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members will be at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument visitors center on March 4th with our telescopes for viewing of the stars. The evening events start at 6:30 PM. Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee, which is $5 per adult (16 years and older);children and federal pass holders are free and provides 7 days of access to the park if y0u’d like to come back and explore over the weekend.  The dark skies are worth the trip.

Florissant Fossil Beds is an excellent place to learn about and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.  Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds is easily accessible yet far enough away from light pollution to provide for dark skies to observe things we can’t see here in Colorado Springs even through our big telescopes. From the park, it is possible to see the Milky Way, other galaxies, star clusters, nebula, comets (when they are around) and much more. The night sky programs begin with a 30 minute interpretive program inside the visitor center. The program is followed by 90 minutes of sky watching. No reservations are necessary. Space is limited inside the theater where the presentation is given.

It is March and the weather is unpredictable so be prepared!

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