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Astronomy Public Observing Night: Planets
August 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Astronomy group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be hosting a public observing night on Wednesday, August 15, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Professor Bill Keel will lead the public observing session at the rooftop observatory atop Gallalee Hall.
This is a rare opportunity to view all naked-eye planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars is near opposition, making it appear its brightest and largest.
The event is open to all: young and old, student and non-student, wheel-chair bound or not. In short, it is open to the general public. Although our main telescope, a 16-inch computer-controlled instrument, is not accessible to a wheel-chair-bound visitor, we will have other telescopes on the roof of Gallalee Hall which will be accessible.
Public observing sessions are conditional on good weather. In case of cloudy or inclement weather, including high winds, public observing will be cancelled. Please check the weather forecast for the day and the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy public observing website before traveling.