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The mysteries of the night sky and Earth’s place in the cosmos have always been a source of wonderment for people who cast their eyes skyward. Yet, as fascinating as the interpretation of the nightly motion of the heavens can be, often it is difficult for many to understand. The Pinhead Institute, in collaboration with Telluride Education Foundation’s We R-1 is hosting a two-evening event to bring our community together under the stars and to perhaps learn a little astronomy as well. The Pinhead Institute and Telluride Education Foundation’s We R-1 are offering a very special presentation to all those who want to know more about stars, our galaxy and Earth’s place within the vast universe. Astronomer Dr. Christopher Crockett, of the US Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, will help the community navigate the cosmos during two special stargazing events. These stargazing events will be held on Thursday, January 17th and Friday, January 18th from 6-7:30 in the evening. The locations will be different for the two events. On Thursday, January 17th starting at 6:00 p.m., stargazing, with the aid of provided telescopes, will take place at the bottom of Lift 7, with a short indoor presentation in the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Clubhouse preceding stargazing. The second stargazing evening on Friday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. will be at the home of Mary and Gary Page, found at 435 Highway 145 (past the cemetery, second left). During both evenings, refreshments will be sold to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. “The Pinhead Institute is always excited to have Dr. Crockett visit,” says Pinhead Institute Executive Director Sonchia Jilek. “Dr. Crockett’s knowledge of all things astronomy is truly astonishing. His presentations always leave people feeling somewhat mind-boggled.” Dr. Crockett is a seasoned astronomer who currently conducts research on the birth and evolution of planetary systems in our galaxy. Dr. Crockett has wowed audiences in the past in the Pinhead Institute’s Summer Stargazing Series and as a Pinhead Punk Series Scientist. Dr. Crockett will also be visiting the Telluride area as part of Pinhead’s Scholar in the School program, where he will visit classrooms to take students on a tour through space using dazzling pictures that help them fathom how far away stars are and how big the universe is. “Telluride Education Foundation’s We R-1 is thrilled to join forces with the Pinhead Institute to bring this exciting and informative night to our community and exciting day to our schools,” says Mary Page of We R-1. “One of our goals this year, as a newly formed combined organization (TEF, Boosters and PTSO), is to reach out to ALL of our community. Our school system benefits and thrives from the involvement of everyone here in Telluride and our surrounding communities!“ The Pinhead Institute and We R-1 encourage people who plan on attending this event to dress warmly, as a clear sky generally means a cold night. The community is also encouraged to dust off and bring along their own telescopes as experts will be on hand to help with set up and techniques for finding interesting sights in the winter night sky. Please join the Pinhead Institute and Telluride Education Foundation’s We R-1 for this special community stargazing event, held Thursday, January 17th and Friday, January 18th from 6-7:30. In the event of inclement weather, Dr. Crockett will still lead an indoor presentation. These events are free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted to help support and continue these special, community events. For more information and questions, please feel free to contact the Pinhead Institute at 970-708-7441 or visit us online at for additional details.