Denver Astronomical Society and the University of Denver are teaming up to celebrate the 120th anniversary of DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory. The anniversary celebration is being held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the observatory, which is located in Denver’s Observatory Park at 2930 E. Warren Avenue.
The public is invited to the event, which will feature a professional photo shoot with the 1894 Alvan Clark-Saegmuller 20-inch refractor telescope. Period or steampunk costumes are encouraged. The family-friendly celebration will include kids’ activities, and astronomy lectures and workshops. $5 to $10 suggested donation.
All donations will go toward Chamberlin Observatory, ensuring that the observatory and its outreach programs will continue to dazzle and delight the public for years to come. The Denver Astronomical Society will also be presenting a check for $5,000 to the University of Denver at the event to help DU establish an endowment fund for Chamberlin Observatory programs.
The observatory will re-open at 8:30 p.m. the night of July 19th for a Denver Astronomical Society open house at DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory with an evening of stargazing.
Detailed information can be found at the event’s website: www.denverastro.org/120.
About Denver Astronomical Society
Denver Astronomical Society is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides trained volunteers who host educational and public outreach events at the University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory, which Denver Astronomical Society helped place on the National Register of Historic Places. First light at Chamberlin in 1894 was a public night of viewing, a tradition Denver Astronomical Society has helped maintain since its founding in 1952.
Denver Astronomical Society’s mission is to provide its members a forum for increasing and sharing their knowledge of astronomy, to promote astronomical education to the public, and to preserve historic Chamberlin Observatory and its telescope in cooperation with the University of Denver.