Rowan astronomers offer observatory open house

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University and the University’s Edelman Planetarium, will offer a free public open house at the campus observatory on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University and the University’s Edelman Planetarium, will offer a free public open house at the campus observatory on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Telescopes will be available at the observing deck on the fourth floor of the Science Building starting at 6:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the thin crescent Moon, the planets Venus and Jupiter and other celestial objects.

This event will be canceled if the sky is cloudy; check the planetarium website, www.rowan.edu/planetarium, late in the day for last-minute announcements. Additional observing events will be offered later in the semester.

The observatory can be reached using the elevator in the westernmost corner of Science Hall, which is located near the west end of the campus on the north side of Rt. 322. Visitors should park in Lot C, by the campus entrance off Bowe Boulevard.

This event is open to the public free of charge. Children are welcome, but parents are responsible for proper and safe behavior of their children. The observing deck will be dark, and there will be several telescopes in various places, so children should not be running during this event. Visitors are strongly encouraged to dress warmly.

The planetarium will offer 20-minute presentations of the current night sky at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.

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