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TONIGHT: Observatory Open House Night!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! Dreams do come true. Tonight the Physics Department is hosting an Open House night at the college observatory. For those who don’t know, this is on the top of Bihall… and notoriously always locked (ugh). But not tonight!! COME VIEW THE HEAVENS!! More info here:

The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evenings, May 1 and May 8, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Jupiter and Venus will be in the evening sky on both of these dates, while the moon will be visible only on the first of these two evenings. Also visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House nights; the public is invited at any time between 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

The observatory dome houses a 24-inch computer-controlled telescope. Additional, smaller telescopes will also be available on the roof deck for observing the night sky.

All observatory public nights are free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266 after 7:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at sites.middlebury.edu… .

Date: Today, May 1st
Time: 9 – 10:30
Place: Observatory (on top of bihall)
Cost: Free

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