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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Mon May 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, May 17th, 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 11:00 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.

Sights to be seen include a beautiful first quarter moon, a last look at Jupiter and its moons for the summer, a good look at Saturn and its moons, plus sparkling Venus as an evening star. Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118 for those interested.

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