Rowan hosts observatory open house for Mars event

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The Rowan Astronomical Observatory will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 27 when Mars will be approaching opposition and will be at its closest to the Earth since late 2007.

The Rowan Astronomical Observatory will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 27 when will be approaching opposition and will be at its closest to the Earth since late 2007.

A brief show in the Edelman Planetarium describing the nighttime sky will be offered at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  At 7 p.m. (weather permitting), the observatory and deck will be open to the public. A suite of telescopes will be available to view Mars, the Moon, the Orion Nebula and many more celestial objects.

Brief tours of the observatory dome will be offered and guests will be invited to operate the controls of the 0.4-meter telescope. This free event is open to the public and children are welcome with parental supervision.

In the event of clouds, the open house will still be held completely indoors.  A short program of planetarium shows, lectures and tours will be offered.

For more information, contact Dr. Eddie Guerra, Department of Physics & Astronomy, at guerra@rowan.edu.

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