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Chaco Observatory

See their website for more details: Chaco Culture NHP

Chaco Canyon (Chaco Culture National Historic Park) was a center of the ancestral Puebloan culture known for their use of astronomical alignment and symbology in their structures and petroglyphs. Not only is it a great place to visit to learn about the ancient Native American culture, it’s also a place where you can learn about the night sky through one of their astronomy programs.


Events taken from their website:

April & October: Evening Night Sky Programs are presented on Friday, and Saturday evenings at sunset. The programs begin with staff presentations on archaeoastronomy, cultural history, and other topics, and are followed by telescope viewing of celestial objects.

May 1- September 30: Evening Night Sky Programs are presented on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at sunset. The programs begin with staff presentations on archaeoastronomy, cultural history, and other topics, and are followed by telescope viewing of celestial objects.

Spring Equinox: Program is are presented at Casa Rinconada, a Chacoan great kiva, at sunrise. Join park staff to observe the alignment of the building with the equinox sunrise.

Summer Solstice: Sunrise program is presented at Casa Rinconada, a Chacoan great kiva. Join park staff to observe the sunrise and the solstice marker of light inside the kiva.

Autumn Equinox: Program is held at Casa Rinconada, a Chacoan great kiva, at sunrise. Join park staff to observe the alignment of the building with the equinox sunrise.

Winter Solstice: Observe a winter solstice alignment. Park at the Pueblo del Arroyo parking area and walk 1/8 of a mile to Kin Kletso. Experience the winter solstice sunrise at this Chacoan Great House.
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