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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Wed Feb 13 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club is sponsoring a “Public Observing Night.” This event will be held on Friday, February 15th, weather permitting, at the Minges Science Building Observatory on the L-R campus. This free event will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at approximately 10:00 pm.

The public is invited to come to the top of the Minges Science Building where several telescopes will be set up in addition to the 12.5 inch Cassegrain telescope in the observatory dome.  To access the rooftop observatory, enter the building then take the elevator to the 4th floor and come up the steps.

This viewing will include a rare glimpse of Mercury (if you come early), a view of Jupiter and its moons, the Pleiades star cluster, the Orion Nebula, and a waxing crescent moon.

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