Florissant Fossil Beds Night Sky Program, Saturday, Nov. 29

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 a stargaze on Saturday, November 29th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM that will explore the wonders and secrets of our dark sky. The program will begin with a 20-30 minute interpretive talk in the Visitor Center. Then we will 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 cold even in the winter. 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. Indoor presentations take place no matter the weather, although the roads may be hazardous and you should call ahead for more information.

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  or flfo_information@nps.gov for more information.


Program Details:

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thank Your Lucky Stars… and Moon

Join us for a Thanksgiving Weekend treat, as we explore the stars and constellations of the Fall evening sky. Featured objects include the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, the Andromeda Galaxy, and an epic cast of constellations. This night also features the first-quarter Moon, giving us the chance for a close-up look at the cratered surface of our nearest neighbor. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information call the Monument at (719) 748 – 3253.