Lake Afton Public Observatory Goddard
Where are we going today?
Space...the final frontier...and perhaps your next family night out!
The Lake Afton Public Observatory is a great experience where kids AND adults can explore the wonders of space through the incredible 16-inch telescope!
Imagine seeing the rings of Saturn with your very own eyes, or details in the craters of the moon. If you look closer, you can see the lunar mountains!
Depending on the evening’s program, you might spot glowing clouds of gas and dust in stellar nurseries, dying stars or incredible star clusters. Hard to believe these are HUGE areas of gas are trillions of miles away!
Keep and eye out for some other galaxies too - it is very possible! We are in the Milky Way galaxy, but there are THOUSANDS of others out there just like ours!
In addition to touring the universe, you get to explore the Observatory's exhibit area with its interactive astronomy exhibits and computer displays. There are new exhibits and special events held, which really give you an insight into how incredible out universe really is.
If you think you have seen the night sky from your back garden, think again! You will see things you never thought possible at Lake Afton Public Observatory!
Space...is no longer the final frontier - it is a great way to spend the evening with the family!
Lake Afton Public Observatory - Where the Universe is closer than you think!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8 (Over 13 years)
- Children$4 (Ages 5 - 12)
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
Hours change according to the sunset, so check the website before you go!
Teachers or other Youth Group leaders interested in visiting the observatory should contact: [email protected] They can schedule a private group visit on Sunday - Thursday nights, or they can come to you..
It's a good idea to grab dinner close by before heading up to the observatory - there are plenty of options around!.
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye on their website for special events, so you don't miss out! They accept credit / debit cards, as well as cash for admission.
Need a little extra help?
Lake Afton Public Observatory is fully accessible..
Re-opened on Sept.2, 2016 as a separate non-profit. Our their volunteer staff is looking forward to your visit!.
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