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Contact: Jeff Wolin, (719) 748 - 3253 ext. 202
Come see the night sky the way it used to look before city lights crowded out the stars. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers an ideal balance between convenient location – an easy drive from Colorado Springs– and a sky dark enough to reveal the countless stars that once lit the night for our ancestors.
Join us for evening stargazes that will explore the wonders and secrets of our dark sky. Each stargaze will begin with a 20-30 minute Ranger-led talk in the Visitor Center, with unique topics ranging from native star stories to upcoming celestial events, and always preparing you for the sights to see that night. Following the program, we'll step outside for 90 minutes of stargazing with telescopes, binoculars, and laser-guided tours of the stars and constellations.
Please dress warmly, as evenings at the park's high elevation can be cool even in the summer. Bring binoculars or a flashlight if you wish (red-filtered lights only please). Also, please note that viewing is weather-dependent, and takes place only if the sky is clear. Ranger-led talks take place rain or shine.
Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee which is $3 per adult (16 years and older) children and federal pass holders are free. Please call (719) 748-3253 ext. 202 for more information.
Friday, August 22, 2014 – 8:00–10:00 PM
The Stars of Summer
The summer sky is full of wonders. Join us as we explore stars and constellations, the Milky Way at its best, and a host of other treasures for amateur sky-watchers. Special treats tonight include the planets Saturn and Mars, flybys by the International Space Station and other satellites, and many of our favorite star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 7:30-9:30 PM
Farewell Saturn, Hello Uranus
The seasons are changing, and so is the sky! Saturn and Mars are low in the West, and this may be our last chance to see Saturn before it disappears into the sunset for the rest of the year. Fortunately, another planet is rising in the East to take its place: Uranus! Fall constellations, and the famous Andromeda Galaxy, are making their first appearances as well. Meet at the Visitor Center.
For additional information visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/flfoor call at (719) 748 – 3253 ext. 202
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