Saturday Oct 1 is Colorado Astronomy Day!
- Denver Astronomical Society members will be at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for Space Day. Telescopes will be available for safe solar viewing on the west side of the museum, starting at 10 AM. Here is my previous article on solar viewing at the museum last October.
- Denver Astronomical Society will be holding its monthly open house at the DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory and celebrating Colorado Astronomy Day. The observatory will open at 6:00pm. Members of the society will have their telescopes available for viewing, on the south lawn. The observatory’s 20 inch Clark telescope is also available for viewing for a $1 charge. More information can be found here.
- For more detailed information on Colorado Astronomy Day go here.
On Wednesday Oct 5 at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Boulder, Dr. Rottman will be lecturing on “Understanding the Sun’s Variations During the Past Thirty Years”. The lecture starts at 7:30pm with the doors opening at 7:00pm in the LSTB-299, Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information go here. The address and directions to LASP can be found here. This is a “must” for anyone wanting to get a better understanding of space weather and its impacts on the Earth.
Chamberlin Observatory public nights are held every Tuesday and Thursday night. Reservations are required and can be made here. The program usually consist of a 30 to 40 minute presentation followed by viewing through the observatory’s 117 year old 20 inch refracting telescope, weather permitting. The telescope is one of the largest of its type in the world. Fees are $3 for adults and $2 for students and children.
CU Boulder’s Summers Bausch Observatory is open and free to the public on Friday evenings at 8:30pm weather permitting for the month. Fiske Planetarium has several programs scheduled through out the month. Make it a night with dinner in Boulder, then attend the planetarium show and follow up with a viewing session at the observatory.
Schedules and programming information for Gates Planetarium can be found here.
If you want to keep up with what’s happening visually in the sky on a daily basis I recommend you try Earthsky or subscribe to Abrams Planetarium Monthly Sky Calendar.
Wishing you clear skies