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Keystone Science School observatory opens to the public April 5

The Keystone Science School will open its observatory to the public Tuesday, April 5 in an effort to raise funds for their fourth-grade astronomy program from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Daniel McVey / Special to the Daily |

IF YOU GO

What: Keystone Science School & Breck Film Fest host Astro Community Night

Where: Keystone Science School Observatory and Rives Dining Hall

When: April 5, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 suggested donation

More information: breckfilmfest.com

The Keystone Science School and the Breckenridge Film Festival are partnering to present a unique night of stargazing, short films and interactive activities, all to support a program serving Summit School District youth.

The Keystone Science School will open its observatory to the public April 5 in an effort to raise funds for their fourth-grade astronomy program. From 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, attendees will enjoy telescope viewing in the observatory, astronomy-themed films, a constellation-themed speech from renowned astrophotographer Daniel McVey, along with a display of his published photographic works while enjoying hot chocolate, snacks and interactive children’s crafts.

The observatory is the only one in Summit County and a powerful astronomy-teaching tool that allows individuals the opportunity to more closely see celestial bodies. The Rocky Mountains are an ideal location for such an observatory as minimal light pollution interferes with the clarity of the field of view. The frequent clear nights, drier air and thinner atmosphere at higher elevations results in reduced atmospheric turbulence enhancing astronomical observations.

“We are very lucky to have such a unique facility here in Summit County and we want to share the observatory with our community,” said Dave Miller in a statement, the school’s director of education and program sustainability. “ We want to take this opportunity to allow everyone the chance to gaze out into our universe, raise awareness of the programs we host here at Keystone Science School as well as raise funds to perpetuate the program for future fourth graders.”

“Film is a window into so many worlds, and this partnership is an excellent opportunity to use that medium to help young people understand their universe in a slightly different way.”Janice KurbjunBreckenridge Film Festival executive director

Breckenridge Film Festival is enhancing the evening’s programming by screening films portraying time lapses of the night’s sky illustrating star trails, as well as a film that examines the first looks at Earth from space, including interviews with renowned astronauts, and the unique impression that sight left on them.

“We are pleased to support the Keystone Science School’s astronomy initiatives among the youth and families in the community by presenting film at their program,” said Janice Kurbjun, executive director of the Breckenridge Film Festival, in a statement. “Film is a window into so many worlds, and this partnership is an excellent opportunity to use that medium to help young people understand their universe in a slightly different way.”

Guest speaker and photographer, McVey, is giving a presentation on constellations. Following his speech, participants can try to locate their favorite constellations using an iPad installed with sky mapping software. Also on display on Keystone Science School premises will be nightscape photographs taken by McVey.

The Keystone Science School is hosting Astro Night to inform the public about their scholastic programs and raise funds to continue providing unique educational experiences for the children of Summit County.

Suggested $15 donation at the door. For more information visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/131064297286872/


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