Star Gaze at the Observatory

Mountain Home , ID
Saturday May 19, 2018 - Saturday May 19, 2018
Bruneau Dunes State Park
You’re invited to star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory! See the sky as you’ve never seen it before.

6:30 PM Solar Viewing & Tour (Free)
Meet us in the plaza to safely view the sun through a specially adapted solar telescope. Solar flares and sunspots may be visible.
The observatory building will be open for a tour. See the “Obsession,” a 25-inch Newtonian Reflector telescope, in the daylight and chat with our astronomers.

7:30 PM Movie: "400 Years of the Telescope"
Find a seat inside the Steele Reese Education Building for "a visually stunning chronicle of the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo, its profound impact upon the science of astronomy, and how both shape the way we view ourselves in the midst of an infinite universe." Running time: 60 minutes

9:00 PM Presentation (Free) & Viewing (see below for Viewing Fees)
A 45 minute presentation will be given inside the Steele Reese Education Center. Learn about the night sky, objects you may see, and our place in the universe. Arrive early for the best seats and feel free to bring snacks and beverages.
Following the presentation, we will make our way to the observatory for a viewing of the night sky. You may see a planet, nebula, or even a galaxy! To maintain our night vision, only red lights are used at the observatory.

Viewing Fees:
Individuals ……………….... $5
Seniors (62+) …………..…. $3
Family ……………....……... $20
Children (5 and under) ...… Free
Tickets can be purchased at the counter inside the Steele Reese Education Center. The only payment types accepted are cash and check.

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bruneau Dunes State Park reserves the right to close the observatory early due to poor weather conditions or lack of public attendance. Be sure to check out the Astronomer’s Forecast here:


Date 05-19-2018 6:30 pm
End Date 05-19-2018 11:30 pm
Individual Price Free - $20
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