Stars Above Aspen

Aspen Science Center



This year our annual Stargazer Ice Cream Social will be transformed and transported — to the top of Aspen Mountain!

Explore the cosmos atop Ajax this August! ACES, Aspen Skiing Company and Aspen Science Center are partnering to present the first ever Stars Above Aspen, a community event for everyone interested in astronomy! Head up the Silver Queen Gondoloa to learn from experts, ask the burning questions, participate in interactive presentations, gaze through telescopes, learn the constellations, and listen to facts and stories from a high-school astronomy whiz or a world-renown visiting physicist. This event for all ages will satisfy your cosmic hunger as well as your worldly appetite as the Sundeck will be open for dinner and drinks throughout the evening.

The event includes:

  • interactive presentations
  • fun hands-on activities, games & crafts
  • telescopes station & STARLAB planetarium
  • legends and facts of the constellations
  • planisphere and mobile app demonstrations
  • 8:15 keynote presentation with Astronomer and Author David Auguilar entitled “To Pluto and Beyond”

Thank you to Three Rivers Astronomy Club, Aspen High School Astronomy Club, Spellbinders, Waldor School, and Colorado Mountain College for helping make this event fun! 

Tickets are $9 per person (kids 3 and under are free). Ticket includes gondola ride.

David A. Aguilar is founder and CEO of Aspen Skies Corporation, a science educational publishing house and television-consulting group created in 2006. A naturalist, astronomer, lecturer, television commentator, and author and illustrator of ten National Geographic and Random House kid’s books on space, David’s expertise lies in his enlightening ability to communicate the sciences. He is currently consulting on program development for the 2017 season of Science Channel’s “NASA’s Unexplained Files”. In 2015 he completed a 14-year tenure as director of media and science education at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. He is past Director of Fiske Planetarium and Science Center and the founder of the Science Discovery Program at University of Colorado Boulder; past marketing communications director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation where he joined the Hubble Space Telescope repair team; and past Marketing Director for PBS’s Emmy-winning NOVA series, Evolution. In 2015, he directed NASA’s New Horizons special media team on the epic Pluto flyby mission. ASTEROID 1990DA has been designated in honor of his internationally recognized work in science education outreach. As songwriter and musician, he has the added distinction along with his former band of being a 2008 Grammy Award nominee. Visit for more information.

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2013 Stargazer Ice Cream Social

The 2013 Stargazer Ice Cream Social will be held this year on June 28th in conjunction with The Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival track on Space and The Cosmos. The event will be held on top of Aspen Mountain and again will feature a combination of liquid nitrogen ice cream, stories of the night sky told by Spellbinder storyteller, and explanations of the Cosmos by renowned scientists. After dark the participants will have the opportunity to view the night sky with narratives from a wide variety of scientists.

2012 Stargazer Ice Cream Social

On June 20,  2012 the Aspen Science Center  held its first event of the summer season, an evening of Liquid Nitrogen Ice and Stargazing. GrassRoots TV filmed the whole thing.

The crowd, estimated at 150, was mostly kids but also included lots of interested adults. They divided into 4 groups, seated on the ground out near the volleyball court, and teams of two (a Spellbinder and an astrophysicist) circulated from group to group telling stories about the stars and answering questions about stars, galaxies, black holes, and all that. It got pretty chilly but the crowd seemed, actually, spellbound and stayed for all the stories. We had three telescopes, including an 8 inch, focused on Saturn and after the stories, when it finally got dark, lines formed to view this celestial display.