Rowan astronomers to open observatory to the public

Rowan astronomers to open observatory to the public

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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 Wednesday, Nov. 28 (rain date Thursday, Nov. 29) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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 Wednesday, Nov. 28 (rain date Thursday, Nov. 29) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On the 28th and 29th, the moon will be in full phase, Jupiter will be high in the eastern sky and several bright stars will be visible. The 0.4-meter telescope in the observatory and smaller telescopes on the observing deck will be available on the fourth floor of Science Hall until 10 p.m. Brief presentations will be held in the Edelman Planetarium.

The observatory can be reached using the elevator in the southwest corner of Science Hall, which is located near the west end of the campus on the north side of Rt. 322.

This event is open to the public free of charge. Children ages six and older are welcome, but parents are responsible for proper and safe behavior of their children and the children must be under their parents’constant supervision. The observing deck will be dark, and there will be several telescopes in various places, so children should not be running during this event.

Parking is available in parking lots “C” and “D” at Bowe Boulevard and Carpenter Street. Please check the sky to make sure it is clear before coming to campus or visit www.rowan.edu/planetarium.

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