Rowan U welcomes fall with special observatory open house

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The Rowan University Astronomical Observatory will host an open house (“Autumnal Equinox, Harvest Moon, Jupiter and Uranus”) on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Science Hall.

The Rowan University Astronomical Observatory will host an open house (“Autumnal Equinox, Harvest Moon, Jupiter and Uranus”) on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Science Hall.

Marking the first day of fall and several other astronomical events, the open house will celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, the Harvest Moon, the opposition and closet approach of Jupiter since 1963, and the conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus — all of which occur within a 48-hour period.

The Rowan Department of Physics and Astronomy will offer a brief show in the Edelman Planetarium describing the nighttime sky at 7:30 and 8 p.m.  At 8 p.m. (weather permitting), the observatory and observing deck will open to the public.  A suite of telescopes will be available to view Jupiter, Uranus, the Moon and many more celestial objects.  Visitors will be able to take brief tours of the observatory dome and 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 be held completely indoors with a short program of planetarium shows and observatory tours.

For more information, email Dr. Eddie Guerra at guerra@rowan.edu.

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