Enjoy an evening under the stars when on your family vacation at [R197R, Keystone Resort]. The Keystone Science School offers the StarQuest astronomy program. It's about two hours of stargazing, utilizing a state-of-the-art, 14-inch telescope, using green laser pointers, according to Ellen Reid, school director. "We use these amazing green laser pointers to help us spot constellations, planets, and stars in the sky. It looks like you're touching the sky. It's so high-powered that you can really get up there."

She says that sometimes they have been able to see the moons of Jupiter. "Depending on when you visit and what is visible in the sky, you might be able to see the moons of Jupiter or the rings on Saturn. The telescope is that powerful."

One problem is if it is snowing as that reduces visibility. Reid says, "We have a yurt on our campus so we can do indoor astronomy and teach things like the phases of the moon or interesting facts about the planets."

StarQuest programs are Wednesday nights, or families can arrange to do a private session. Prices are typically $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The Keystone Science School is part of the Keystone Center, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving society's most challenging environmental, public health, and energy issues. The school is about a five-minute drive from Keystone, and sits on a 23-acre campus. The school also offers hands-on science education programs to school groups and a summer camp program for residents and visitors.

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