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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Mon Mar 11 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, March 22nd, weather permitting, at the Minges Science Building Observatory on the L-R campus. This free event will begin at 8:00 pm and conclude at approximately 10:30 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.

Sights to be seen include a waxing gibbous moon, the Pleiades Star Cluster, the Orion Nebula, Jupiter and its moons.  Saturn will be rising around 10:30 and visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of this planet. It will be more visible in April.

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