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Goldendale Observatory State Park Interpretive Center

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Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
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Fri - Sun 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts...
See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the amazing telescopes available to the public.
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Wonderful sun, planets and moon gazing!

This is a must stop! Sara took the time to get the sun shots between the clouds and not only show us but educate us on the properties of the sun (ie elements, refraction, dark... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a must stop! Sara took the time to get the sun shots between the clouds and not only show us but educate us on the properties of the sun (ie elements, refraction, dark spots, etc). Of course we returned in the evening, to hear both Sara and Troy on the moon and venus. Thank you guys so much!... More 

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Tri-Cities, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My 6 yr. old son, reluctant husband and I visited the observatory on Sat. May 16. We arrived just in time for a program about the Sun! Troy (I think) was amazing! He was able to hold our attention, included everyone in the group in the discussion, was extremely knowledgeable and really made this educational experience worth our time. We... More 

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Lynden, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I enjoyed the informative program about stars and planets. The presenter knows his stuff and used a high-powered laser to point out constellations. We observed Jupiter, Venus and the moon through the huge telescope.

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Columbia Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We went up to the observatory above Goldendale even though the night was cloudy. Our interpreter gave us a nice description of how telescopes work and the history of that particular instrument. We could not see anything beyond the clouds so she focused on a red light marking one of the numerous wind generators in the area. On a clear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The "ranger" is a very knowledgeable astronomer. One great thing about this observatory is that you get to look through the big telescopes. The weather is usually clear in Goldendale so the night sky can be spectacular.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It's a state park with astronomically knowlegeable park rangers playing astronomers. Great big telescope, but whole array of bunch of smaller ones. Main guided sky watch, with several rangers setting up the portable one, so even kids would not lose interest. I am a repeat visitor. First time with my new wife, once about 12 years ago with my kids,... More 

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Goldendale, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An observatory that you can see the stars, planets, sun through the telescopes with the help of the park staff that is extremely knowledgeable.

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Moro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Took a friend not as versed in the skies as I am and it was amazing. I grew up close and had been a lot as a kid but not much since I've been back. The guy is so knowledgeable and passionate it makes it even more fun.

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I can't think of enough superlatives to describe the visit my family had a few years ago. I'll never forget the thrill of seeing Saturn IN THE DAYLIGHT! I didn't know that was *possible*. We went back in the evening and for the first time I saw the moon through a telescope. It was so clear I could even see... More 

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Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Whether, you're there at 2pm and catch the daytime Solar viewing, or 6pm for the Stars and Planets, you'll have a great time. We stayed an incredible 5 hrs! Forest Ranger Troy is highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a gifted teacher. The history of the Goldendale Observatory is inspiring. The renovations that are now happening will only better the experience. The... More 

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Additional Information about Goldendale Observatory State Park Interpretive Center

Address: Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Goldendale
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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