Messier Mondays and Stargazing Coming to Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument has introduced a new Facebook series of posts called Messier Mondays. The posts will focus on Charles Messier, a French astronomer from the 1700’s known for the astronomical catalog he put together because of his interests in comets. The Messier Catalogue features many deep sky objects including 110 star clusters and nebulae, which in turn is called Messier Objects. To help all get a glimpse for themselves, the Monument will host stargazing events with telescopes on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 26th. Each gazing will last 20 to 60 minutes. Those interested can meet with rangers and volunteers at the south end of Split Mountain Campground. Residents are asked to “please cover flashlights with red cellophane (provided) to preserve night vision. Bring a blanket or chair to the viewing area, sit back and look up! This program is best for children over the age of 5. No pets allowed near the telescopes or on night hikes.” Go to for more detailed information.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.