Public Star Party: Saturn's First Appearance
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Public Star Party: Saturn's First Appearance

  • Smokey Jack Observatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturn makes its first appearance of the year low in the SE sky with Jupiter prominent to the south. A three-day waxing crescent Moon gives you the opportunity to see the shadows of the craters and mountain ranges. As dusk gives way to full darkness other fainter objects such as galaxies, nebulas and star clusters will come into view.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Public Star Party: Mars Makes its Closest Appearance
Jul
17
to Jul 18

Public Star Party: Mars Makes its Closest Appearance

As the two giant gas planets, Jupiter and Saturn, continue to move across the night sky, Mars makes an appearance low in the southeast as it reaches its closest point to Earth. The delicate beauty of unimaginably distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters can also be enjoyed. Back-up date in case of inclement weather is Wednesday, July 18.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Public Star Party: The Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug
13
to Aug 14

Public Star Party: The Perseids Meteor Shower

  • Smokey Jack Observatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Perseids Meteor Shower makes its annual appearance, dazzling viewers with as many as 60 meteors per hour. This will be a particularly good year for watching the celestial fireworks because the Moon will set behind the mountains shortly after sunset, making even the faintest of meteors visible. Telescopes will be available to entertain visitors with spectacular close-ups of planets and various deep-sky objects, but for this event all you really need are your unaided eyes. Dress warmly; it gets very chilly after the sun goes down even in the summer.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Public Star Party: The Milky Way
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Public Star Party: The Milky Way

The Milky Way is nothing to snicker at. Immense clouds of gas and dust that are home to star nurseries are set against a backdrop of billions and billions of stars. Come see a sight that, sadly, is now visible only in places like the Wet Mountain Valley because of light pollution in the more populated areas of the nation. Saturn and Mars are also positioned for maximum viewing. Back-up date is Saturday, September 15.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Public Star Party: Crescent Moon
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Public Star Party: Crescent Moon

For this final public star party of the season there will be a five-day crescent Moon providing outstanding views of the lunar topography. Jupiter has departed for the year and Saturn will be low in the SW sky, but Mars appears as a red jewel in the Milky Way’s diamond bracelet. And beyond our solar system lurk amazing deep-sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and star clusters that are guaranteed to make you gasp in amazement. Back-up date is Saturday, October 13.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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May
18
to May 19

Public Star Party: Jupiter and its Galilean Moons

  • Smokey Jack Observatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jupiter and its Galilean Moons will be visible in the SE sky, and there will be a five-day waxing crescent Moon. As dusk gives way to full darkness other fainter objects such as galaxies, nebulas and star clusters will come into view. Back-up date is Saturday, May 19.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Apr
20
8:30 PM20:30

Star Party: Celebrate International Dark Sky Week at the Smokey Jack Observatory

Join Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley on Friday April 20th at the Smokey Jack Observatory (SJO) for a special Star Party celebrating International Dark Sky Week. The SJO will be open to view our pristine night skies thru the lens of one of Colorado’s most powerful telescopes.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Nov
27
4:00 PM16:00

Monthly Dark Skies Organizational Meeting

  • San Isabel Land Protection Trust Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We would love to have you join us at our next meeting or event. Let us know you're coming by contacting us at (719) 398-1284 or via darkskiescolorado@gmail.com.

Location: San Isabel Land Protection Trust (located just north of the intersection of Main St. and Third St. on Hwy 69) in the Trust’s conference room. Access is from the lower back of the old Wells Fargo Bank building and enter at the SILPT office (left door facing the back of building).

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Nov
27
2:00 PM14:00

Star Party: Saturn Arrives

Saturn makes its first appearance of the year low in the SE sky with Jupiter prominent to the south. A three-day waxing crescent Moon gives you the opportunity to see the shadows of the craters and mountain ranges. As dusk gives way to full darkness other fainter objects such as galaxies, nebulas and star clusters will come into view.

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