August 20, 2017
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Main Street in Goldendale
Eclipse Movies from 1979
Master of Ceremonies:
Newsman Rodger Nichols
Speaker: Troy Carpenter from Goldendale Observatory
Live Music, Food and Fun
August 21, 2017
9 a.m. – noon
For the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of theSun will be conveniently witnessed from coast to coast of the United States. Goldendale Observatory is slightly north of the Path of Totality and will experience 98% coverage!
View the eclipse at the following viewing stations in Goldendale
(Shuttle bus from the High School)
Maryhill Museum of Art
Klickitat County Court House lawn
Learn more at
Goldendale Observatory State Park Rennovation
Since 1973 Goldendale has been home to a great treasure. Right on the hill overlooking town we have one of the largest and most accessible public telescopes in the nation. Thousands of star gazers, amateur astronomers, and students travel to Goldendale every year to meet the stars at Goldendale Observatory State Park, one of only 20 certified dark sky parks on earth.
And it’s only going to get better. As the observatory’s Troy Carpenter points out in Shelby Taylor’s article “Observatory gets new telescope, undergoes major renovation”, the “fully upgraded research specification telescope will easily be one of the finest, if not the finest, public telescope in the world.” And not only is the telescope getting an upgrade, the entire facility is going to be revamped, updated and expanded. Plans are being drawn up as we speak. As the project architect, Patano Studio Architecture points out on their Facebook page: “Goldendale Observatory renovation, an absolutely stunning site and a rare asset for a State Parks system. We are looking forward to transforming the site and building and interpretive content.”
Transformation. New beginnings. Anticipation.
Solar and Star Gazing
1602 Observatory Dr
Goldendale Observatory State Park is one of the few dark-sky parks on earth featuring one of the nation’s largest public telescopes. The observatory has attracted tens of thousands of sky-watchers since its dedication in 1973. The park offers daytime solar viewing and magnificent views of the universe at night. Open Year Round
Summer Hours: Open Friday-Sunday
4:00 p.m. Solar Show
8:30 p.m. Night Sky Show
11:30 p.m. Closed
Friends of Goldendale Observatory
PO Box 899
Goldendale, WA 98620
Friends of Goldendale Observatory (FoGO) is a non-profit group that helps support the Goldendale Observatory State Park in Goldendale, Washington. FoGO provides important support by purchasing supplies and equipment that are not in the Park’s budget, and assisting park personnel with volunteers, interns, and amateur astronomers.
If your school or group would like to have the Friends of the Goldendale Observatory do a daytime or nighttime astronomy presentation with telescopic observation of the Sun, or the Moon, stars & planets, please contact us at 509.773.3141.