Public Open Houses

Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you're not sure if we'll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead. 

There is no charge for the Observatory's Open House nights ... the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world's largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope ... that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome ... as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department's graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Date Observing Start Lunar Phase (% Illuminated)
8 Jun 2018 9:00 PM

Waning Crescent

32%

Waning Crescent 30%

15 Jun 2018

9:00 PM

New

6%

Waxing Crescent 0
22 Jun 2018 9:00 PM

Waxing Gibbous

77%

Waxing Gibbous 80
29 Jun 2018 9:00 PM

Full

99%

Full
6 July 2018 9:00 PM

Third Quarter

49%

Third Quarter
13 July 2018

CANCELLED

(CAMPUS EVENT CONFLICT)

New

0%

New Moon
20 July 2018 9:00 PM

Waxing Gibbous

63%

Waxing Gibbous 60%
27 Jul 2018 9:00 PM

Full

100%

Full
3 Aug 2018 9:00 PM

Waning Gibbous

63%

Waning Gibbous 60%
10 Aug 2018 9:00 PM

New

0%

New Moon