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Program #4668ENZ
6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Far away from city lights high in the Rocky Mountains, view distant objects in the amazing dark skies and clear mountain air. By day, view sunspots and prominences; by night, view stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies using provided telescopes and binoculars. Learn how to use a “go-to” telescope and star wheels. For those bringing telescopes, individual instruction is available. All levels of experience welcome. Topics change each year to benefit returning participants. Attend both sessions to get the big picture!


• Under dark mountain night skies, observe gorgeous stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies with hands-on telescopes.
• During daytime lectures, learn about new planets around other stars in the Milky Way and discuss and question current topics in astronomy.
• See and hear about new discoveries on Mars and other solar system bodies.

Program Notes

July 22 Program is being held at same time as Program 4821 Birding in the Rocky Mountains if friends or couples want to attend and split programs but lodge together.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Walking up to a half mile. Site elevation 9,000 feet.

Date Notes
This is a 5 night program that includes nightly viewing for 4 nights with emphasis on planets and our solar system! We'll look at the Mars Curiosity new discoveries on its way across Gale Crater to Mt Sharp. Mt Sharp is expected to yield a wealth of information about the geological history of Mars. Pluto will become the last big solar system body to be explored when New Horizons arrives there, but New Horizons is making new discoveries on its way to Pluto. Two new moons that orbit Pluto were discovered which gives us more reason to discuss why it was demoted to a "dwarf planet" status in 2006. Meanwhile Juno has survived a computer malfunction and appears to be in good shape on its to make new discoveries on Jupiter. We'll see what MESSENGER spacecraft has revealed at Mercury including the presence of water at the poles of this 850 degree Fahrenheit planet that is closest to the sun.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
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