Looking Up: Summer Astronomy with AMC

Appalachian Mountain Club offers free daily astronomy programs in New Hampshire.
Mt. Willard and the Milky Way captured by James Lowenthal at Highland Center in Crawford Notch.

Astronomy in New Hampshire with AMC

Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is offering some incredible programs this summer for astronomy buffs. AMC has partnered with the Carthage College Institute of Astronomy to provide visitors and guests with walk-in, daily astronomy experiences, including solar observation and night sky viewing. Not sure how to use a telescope? Astronomy students from Carthage College, Dartmouth College, Smith College and SUNY-Stony Brook will be on-site to educate and answer questions.

Northern stars over the AMC Highland Center from James Lowenthal on Vimeo.

The Big and Small Dippers wheel over the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center lodge as clouds come and go and moonlight washes over the scene.


Free, Daily Astronomy Experiences

May 29-August 30 at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and May 29-September 4 at Highland Center at Crawford Notch and the Flume Gorge Visitor Center, take a look through a telescope with an expert by your side. Topics will range from sunspots and solar flares to astronomical events such as meteor showers, eclipses, and comets. Programs will be tailored to that day’s audience and are open to stargazers of all ages.

Don’t Miss Astronomical Events

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Party | August 12 at Highland Center

Join AMC for a dinner followed by observing and learning about this yearly phenomenon. During peak, the rate of meteors can reach 60 or more per hour!

Solar Eclipse Party | August 21 at Highland Center

Though New Hampshire falls out of the path of a total eclipse, guests and visitors will still be able to view a partial solar eclipse. If technology allows, Dr. Douglas Arion, Director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy, will lead an AMC Adventure Travel trip in the Western U.S. to view the phases of the total eclipse.

Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. AMC offers advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing. Learn more about AMC here.


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