This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
The Little Thompson Observatory, located on the grounds of the Berthoud High School in Berthoud, Colo., helps people of all ages learn about the universe by offering a first-hand experience with astronomy. You will use the facility’s large 18" telescope and its newly acquired 24" telescope that was used by NASA at Mt. Wilson preceding the Apollo missions. If the skies are clear, you will get a chance to view nebulae, stellar cluster, planets, and other galaxies under the guidance of qualified volunteers. If the skies are not clear, we will take advantage of the facility’s warm room and new high-definition projector to explore the night sky via presentation.
While using lights in the observatory is often discouraged, you may want to bring a small flashlight for the 75-125 ft. walk from the parking lot to the observatory.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.