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Star Gaze at the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 8:30pm

Star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory

Friday & Saturday evenings March 23, 2018 through October 13, 2018

You’re invited to star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory!  See the night sky as you’ve never seen it before.  View a planet, nebula, or a galaxy through the “Obsession” 25-inch Newtonian Reflector telescope.   Observatory tours and solar viewing (through a specially adapted solar telescope) are available in the evening before the sun goes down.  Program start-time listed is approximate and dependent on sunset. To maintain our night vision, we only use red lights at the observatory. Please bring bug spray, snacks and beverages.

Viewing Fees

  • Individual ……..………………….....$5
  • Family………………………………. $20
  • Seniors (62+) ………………….….  $3
  • Children (5 and under) ………….   Free
  • Student (on field trip)…………..…..$3

The 30-40 minute orientation presentation, inside the Steele Reese Education Center, is followed by a survey of the heavens through the Observatory’s collection of telescopes.  There are viewing fees, and the payment types accepted at the Observatory are cash or check.  If necessary, tickets may be purchased in advance, during business hours, at the Visitors’ Center using a credit card.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Solar Viewing and Tour Begins

March, April & May 2018                       6:30 PM

June & July 2018                                   7:30 PM

August, September & October 2018    6:30 PM

 

Observatory Presentation Schedule

Please arrive early for best seats!

March 2018            8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

April 2018               8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

May 2018               9:00 PM – 11:30 PM

June 2018              9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

July 2018                9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

August 2018           9:00 PM – 11:30 PM

September 2018     8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

October 2018          8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

 

A Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee of $5 per vehicle is required to enter the park

 

The Park reserves the right to close the observatory early due to either weather conditions

OR lack of public attendance.                                                                                                         

Follow link for Astronomer’s forecast http://cleardarksky.com/c/BrnDnsSPObkey.html

Bruneau Dunes State Park at 27608 Sand Dunes Rd, Mountain Home, ID 83647

Contact: Bruneau Dunes State Park @ (208) 366-7919 or bru@idpr.idaho.gov