New Moon Stargazing

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he stunning wonder of the cosmos are on display at 8,000 feet, offering a stunning glimpse back in time and across the universe.

Join us for new moon stargazing. When the moon is dark, the stars and planets shine! These smaller events provide the opportunity for longer viewing times, more thorough explanations of what you are seeing, how the cosmos work, and telescope technology. We’ll have telescopes, astrophysicist, storytellers, rockets and other cool science toys, and liquid nitrogen ice cream! Watch our calendar of events to confirm these events and find out the location. The further we get from the city lights, the more we can see! Ever been stargazing at Ashcroft? Or on top of Independence Pass? You won’t want to miss this!

New Moon schedule for 2017: May 25, June 23, July 23, August 21, September 19, October 19

In partnership with Three Rivers Astronomy Club, Aspen Center for Physics and others

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Past Events

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.