Astronomy at Bandelier

The great Orion Nebula
Center of the Great Orion Nebula

Geoff Goins

Summer Astronomy Nights
Sunday Nights Starting June 17

Join a Bandelier Astronomy Ranger at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater for an exiting astronomy program, followed by celestial wonders viewing through giant telescopes. Hear about archeoastronomy at Bandelier and in the southwest, the latest scientific discoveries, or what it's like traveling near a black hole, then view the wonders of the night sky through huge telescopes operated by knowledgeable rangers and volunteers.

Programs start around sunset (time varies by season) and end around 11pm, however you are not required to stay until the end.

Dress warm as mountain nights can be chilly, even in summer.

No sign up required, and no cost except normal monument entrance fees.
Telescope and star trails over Bandelier.

Elliot Schultz

February 17
Winter Star Party

Join the Bandelier astronomy Rangers and volunteers, the Pajarito Astronomers, The El Valle Astronomers, and the Friends of Bandelier for a night of amazing winter skies through giant telescopes.. The Great Orion nebula, the Andromeda galaxy, and dozens of other amazing objects will all be visible. Hot chocolate and spiced cider will be available, a campfire and astronomy programs will be in the amphitheater area. Come view the amazing winter night sky with us! 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Juniper Campground Amphitheater

Bandelier Astronomy Poster
Bandelier Night Sky Poster

Kelly Ricks

June 15, 16 Rescheduled October 5, 6, and 7
Night Sky Fiesta

Come celebrate Bandelier Night Skies at our Night Sky Fiesta. Special programs, guest speakers, solar viewing, kids activities, and giant telescopes! 3 days of celebrating Bandelier's beautiful night skies.

Festivities begin at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater with a a special night sky Ranger program followed by celestial object viewing with giant telescopes.

Keynote on Saturday night, the 6th, TBA

Everyone will enjoy the "Telescope Sandbox" where you can learn to operate a telescope and find dazzling objects in the night sky.

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Observe the Moon night October date to be set

October 20
International Observe the Moon Night

Take a trip to the moon. Join us for a night of lunar discovery with a ranger talk and observing the moon through telescopes, binoculars, and visually. Juniper Campground amphitheater, 7 PM - 10 PM

Last updated: June 8, 2018

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