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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Tue Dec 3 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, December 13, weather permitting, at the Minges Science Building Observatory on the LR 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 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.

During this viewing, participants will see a beautiful first quarter moon, and a high and brilliant Venus as an evening star. Visibility permitting, Uranus, Neptune, the Ring Nebula, a Globular Cluster, and Albireo, a beautiful double star may be visible. Visitors who wish to stay late may be able to see Jupiter rising in the east, around 9:30 p.m.

Television monitors should be available outside the observatory for many people to view the sites.  Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118.

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