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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Thu Jan 2 2014

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, January 10, weather permitting, in the Minges Science Building Observatory on the LR campus. This free event will begin at 6:00 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 brilliant gibbous moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Orion Nebula plus the Pleiades star cluster. Visibility permitting, Uranus, Neptune, the Ring Nebula, a Globular Cluster, and Albireo, a beautiful double star may be seen.

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 for those interested.

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