Stargazing astronomy event atop Aspen Mountain Wednesday night
In the darkness atop Aspen Mountain appears the perfect setting for a community astronomy event.
Aspen Skiing Co., the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Aspen Science Center have teamed up to host the first “Stars Above Aspen,” located at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain tonight between 6 and 10:30 p.m., in time for the Perseid meteor shower.
The annual meteor shower is expected to take place Aug. 11 and 12 this year, said Eliza Greenman Burlingame, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies marketing director, but its celestial effects may be experienced both before and after the shower.
This year’s Perseid meteor shower also is expected to be “twice as prolific” than usual, Burlingame said.
“We lucked out this year,” she said. “Aspen is a unique stargazing location in that we don’t have a lot of light pollution with our dark, clear skies in this crisp mountain air.”
Before the sun sets (from 6 to 8:30 p.m.), the event will feature a planetarium tent, rockets, physics experiments, celestial crafts, games, storytelling, space-themed face painting and more.
At 6:45 p.m., Jayne Gottlieb of Shakti Shala yoga studio will led a sunset yoga session; at 8:15 p.m., astronomer David Aguilar will host a talk about the Pluto fly-by mission that he directed in 2015.
After dark, “Stars Above Aspen” will offer the planetarium tent with guided telescope stations and stargazing.
The Sundeck will be open for dinner and drinks and guests may come and go throughout the evening.
A blanket for stargazing and layers for lower temperatures are recommended.
“Stars Above Aspen” is open to all ages and will happen rain or shine, Burlingame said.
Tickets are $9 and include the gondola ride; children 3 and younger may ride for free. Ski passes will not be accepted for this event.
Tickets may be purchased at any ticket office until 9:30 p.m. tonight or in advance online.
For more information, call 970-923-1227 or visit the ticket office at Aspen Mountain.
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