LRU News

View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Mon Apr 28 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club is sponsoring a Public Observing Night on Friday, May 9 at the LR Observatory on top of Minges Science Building. This free event will begin at 8:30 pm and conclude at approximately 11:00 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.

Television monitors should be available outside the observatory for many people to view the sites. In addition telescope views will be streamed live to Classroom Minges 107, where they can be viewed on a large screen.  Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118 for those interested.

During this viewing, participants will have the opportunity to observe a waxing gibbous moon, Mars, the red planet, Jupiter and its moons. Those who come early may also catch a glimpse of Mercury. Saturn is expected to be rising around 8:30 p.m. If visibility permits, several impressive star clusters may also be visible

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