Spend an evening among the stars at Little Thompson Observatory! With two telescopes, two constellation walls, and knowledgeable guides, the Little Thompson Observatory is just the place to experience the vast universe. Just before sunset, we'll start the evening with cosmic lemonade, moon pies, and a space trivia competition. The winning trivia team will walk away with an incredible space-themed prize basket! Once night falls, the real show begins. We'll orient ourselves to the sky using the observatory's amazing star map. We’ll learn about their observational equipment, including the story of how they acquired an Apollo 11 telescope. Then you'll have the chance to gaze through that very same telescope! Throughout the evening, check out the hand-painted map of Lakota constellations and ask the observatory’s experts questions about the telescope and the cosmos.
We'll spend our evening at the Little Thompson Observatory. It is home to a piece of NASA history—the very special 24" Mount Wilson Telescope! It was built for NASA’s Apollo program. Around 1963, scientists used it to study the Moon to prove that the lunar surface was solid and safe for landing. The observatory is also home to the 18” Tinsley Classical Cassegrain Telescope and star wall.
Hi. I’m Hannah, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.
Thanks to a backyard telescope and a star map, my passion for space started when I was a kid. I love to paint galaxies and stargaze at the Little Thompson Observatory. It's truly one of my favorite places and one of Denver’s best kept secrets. I've been partnering with our space expert, Meinte Veldhuis, to create magical stargazing experiences for the past year. His passion and knowledge for space inspires me! I'll join him and you in starry wonder and I'll be happy to recommend some of my other favorite local treasures.
For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.
This event is welcome to all ages. Unfortunately, the telescopes are not ADA accessible. The star wall and educational room are accessible, but both telescopes are up a flight of stairs.
There are 10 spots available on this experience.
Guests of all ages can attend.
- Bring a sweater or jacket along, in case the evening is cool!
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
Moon Pies - a classic cosmic treat!
Cosmic lemonade, a delicious lemonade accented with swirling, food-grade glitter.