Tuesday, January 13, 2009

University of Georgia Observatory Sets Schedule for Viewing the Planets and Stars in the Coming Months

The 24-inch telescope at the University of Georgia will be open for public viewing once a month beginning Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. If it is cloudy, there will be a talk on "Astronomical Hoaxes in the Internet Age."

The observatory is on top of the physics building on UGA's South Campus and has been having public nights for a number of years since the telescope was rebuilt in the 1990s. It was also repaired twice in 2008. If the nights are clear, those attending will be able to look through the telescope at the stars. If it's cloudy, there will be a brief talk on astronomy that is of current interest.

The open houses for the rest of this academic year are:

* Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
* Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m.
* Friday, April 17, at 9 p.m.

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