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Tahoe Summer Activities

The Dark Skies Cosmoarium is located in the Castle Peak parking lot area of Northstar California Ski Resort featuring choreographed astronomy shows and docent guided viewing through computerized Celestron telescopes every Thursday and Saturday during the summer from June 13 to August 31.

The Dark Skies Cosmoarium has an elevation of 6400 feet with unobstructed horizons and
20.5 mags/arcsecond^2 Skies: visual limiting mag. 5.5.

Ticket Price: Adults $45, Children (12 and under) $25 (Children 3 and under) Free

Features (included in ticket price):

Free parking (parking lot #1)

Fire pits


Comfortable seating



Coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Bottled water

Celestron Telescopes (operated by Tahoe Star Tours)

Binoculars (for guest use)

Dog friendly (dogs must be on a leash)

Shows begin at 8:15 with an orientation in Parking lot #1 of Castle Peak at Northstar, and end at 10:30 PM (weather permitting). Shows are not cancelled for partial cloudy skies. Fire pits may not be allowed due to severe fire conditions.


8:15 Checkin and greeting (parking lot #1)

8:40 Astronomy talk and s’mores at the fire pits

9:15 Telescope viewing through computerized Celestron telescopes

10:30 Close

Remember to dress warm. Mountain temperatures can be cool!

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