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Full moon highlights Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program

The Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is a great opportunity to learn about the naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans. This entertaining, educational program will take place on Friday. It includes a one-hour astronomy lecture at the cabin, followed by approximately 1.5 hours of night sky viewing. Telescopes will be available to assist with viewing. Participants are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water, flashlights and coats. The gate will open at 5:45 p.m.; the opening program is scheduled from 6:45-7:45 p.m. with viewing from 8:15-9:45 p.m.

The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities available. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited. Tickets can also be purchased at the Visitor Cabin prior to the program: $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years and younger. For reservations, call the visitor cabin at (970) 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Tuesday, Aug. 24, come watch the full moon rise at the Great House Pueblo site, learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, archaeoastronomy theories, area geology and enjoy Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. Gates open from 5:45-6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m. Moonrise is at approximately 7:36 p.m. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed at this program. Allow approximately 2-3 hours for the entire program. Reservations are required. Tickets are $15. Add $5 for an early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop), which starts at 5 p.m. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the cabin), cushions and blankets or coats. For tickets, call the visitor cabin at (970) 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

The series is sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest and the Pagosa Ranger District. Visit our website for more information on our entire 2010 season at www.chimneyrockco.org.