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Night Sky Festival and World Listening Day

Night Sky Festival and World Listening Day – July 16, 17 and 18    Experience the Milky Way in natural darkness in Rocky Mountain National Park with Rangers, educators and guides to help light your way. Three nights of free, family-friendly activities and night sky adventures kick-off this first time festival.  All programs are free and open to the public and everyone (camping in the park or not) is welcome.  Entrance fees apply except for programs held at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. For more information, please call the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.

 

Milky Way Bear Lake 7.5.14  Courtesy Jake Frank

Jake Frank’s amazing photo of the Milky Way over Bear Lake in July 2014 is just one beautiful example of art inspired by the night sky and natural beauty of RMNP.

 July 16, 17 and 18 from 11a to 3p each day at Moraine Park Discovery Center 11am-3pm: Earn your Night Sky Junior Ranger book and patch at Moraine Park Discovery Center from 11a to 3p Thursday, Friday and Saturday with solar observation, special displays and activities.

Evening Events Thursday, July 16

 

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center – 7:30p – Protecting Night Sky Resources in National Parks and Beyond Jeremy White discusses the ongoing research of the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Sky Division of the National Park Service.

 

Upper Beaver Meadows – 9p – Wonders of the Night Sky — Observe the night sky and visible constellations with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers.  Bring warm clothes, binoculars, and a flashlight.

 

Moraine Park Campground – 9p – Night Sky Photography —Stan Honda, a photographer and former Artist in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park shares enthusiasm and inspiration related to his night sky landscape project.

 

Glacier Basin Campground – 9p – James Webb Space Telescope—Learn how astronomers will get a whole new view of the cosmos with NASA’s next flagship mission, The James Webb Telescope.

 

Night Sky Events Friday, July 17

 

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center – 7:30p – New Horizons—See the first clear images of Pluto, courtesy of Ralph, the newest Ball Aerospace camera.

 

Upper Beaver Meadows – 8:15p – Astronomy in the Park—Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers.  Bring warm clothes, binoculars, and a flashlight.

 

Harbison Meadow Parking Area – 9p – Celestial Wilderness— Explore Rocky’s night sky astronomy with the assistance of a telescope and a ranger.

 

Moraine Park Campground – 9p – The Moon: A New Perspective—Join us for a brief history of the Moon and its formation, with images of the lunar surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft currently orbiting the moon.

 

Glacier Basin Campground – 9p – Night Sky Photography Workshop—Stan Honda, a night sky photographer, gives a hands-on workshop on how to use an ordinary camera to take great pictures of the sky at night.

 

Night Sky Events Saturday, July 18

 

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center – 7:30p – James Webb Space Telescope—Dr. Joel Green of the Space Telescope Institute will discuss the formation of proto-planets and their transformation into exo-planets as well as the upcoming mission of the James Webb Space Telescope.

 

Upper Beaver Meadows – 8:15p – Astronomy in the Park – Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers.  Bring warm clothes, binoculars, and a flashlight.

 

Moraine Park Campground – 9p – The Aurora:  More Than Pretty Lights in the Sky—Dr. Frank Eparvier of the University of Colorado at Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics will discuss the impact of space weather on our lives.

 

Glacier Basin Campground – 9p – The Moon: A New Perspective – Join us for a brief history of the Moon and its formation, with images of the lunar surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft currently orbiting the moon.

 

Saturday, July 18 – World Listening Day and The Sounds Of Silence – A Celebration Of The Ban On Commercial Air Tours Over Rocky

 

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Plaza and Auditorium – 10a – 4p – World Listening Day celebrates natural sounds all over the world. Drop in for fun and explore the beauty of natural sound.  There will be crafts, interactive games, and a natural sound scavenger hunt.  Story-time at 1p:  How the Estes Valley League of Women Voters successfully “Banned the Buzz”