From: Pierce, James N
Posted At: Wed 9/27/2006 9:49 AM
Posted To: events
Conversation: Public Evenings at Standeford Observatory
Subject: Public Evenings at Standeford Observatory
In the summer of 2006, Standeford Observatory was moved to a new site in the woods at the south end of the Minnesota State University campus, a few hundred yards southwest of its original location. The public is invited to come visit the new Standeford Observatory during the fall observing season, on clear Thursday evenings from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. (If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will be not be held.)
Those making a Thursday trek to the observatory will be able to see a variety of celestial objects from the fall observing list, including the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters, and a host of colorful binary stars.
Visitors should park at the southern end of Gage parking lot #1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory. (Visitors with special needs should contact the Disability Services Office at 389-2825.) If weather makes viewing uncertain, phone Standeford Observatory (389-6208) during the evening to inquire about sky conditions. A sign on the gate at the end of lot #1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.
For more information about the MSU observing facilities, see the Physics & Astronomy website at http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/ .