Letter: A stellar event
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Science Center and Aspen Skiing Co. would like to thank those who contributed to the success of last week’s Stars Above Aspen event. This first-ever community astronomy night drew a diverse and eager crowd to the top of Aspen Mountain for an evening to celebrate and learn about the universe.
We are very grateful to several participating organizations for helping to provide a range of activities, including keynote speaker David Aguilar and Three Rivers Astronomy Club, Spellbinders, Kristy and Jeff Bibbey of the Poudre School District, Jayne Gottlieb of Shakti Shala, Amanda Martin from Colorado Mountain College, and emcee Lane Jonhson. Special thanks also goes to Anna Kate Belinski, Ben Belinski, Connor Coyle, Devin Randal, Sofia Randal, Olivia Oksenhorn, Nic Vitari and Ricky Wojcik. This exceptional group of current and former Aspen High School Astronomy Club students volunteered their time and expertise and brought unparalleled enthusiasm and excitement to the event. We also would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the gondola and mountain operations teams, whose professionalism and hospitality were much appreciated during challenging weather conditions.
Final thanks go to our community for demonstrating your immense interest in astronomy and the sciences by turning out in astronomic numbers and for your patience and understanding during the lightning-induced gondola closure.
We learned a lot at this first-time event, and we look forward to improving in hopes that the celestial celebration becomes an annual community event!
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen Science Center and Aspen Skiing Co.
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