July 30, 1997

Open House Nights at College Observatory

The Physics Department at Middlebury College will sponsor a pair of Open House nights at the College Observatory this summer. The Observatory will be open to the public for viewing of the heavens on two Wednesday evenings, August 6 and August 13, from 9 pm until 10:30 pm, weather permitting. The moon will be up both evenings, passing close to the bright planet Venus in the western sky on August 6. Jupiter and its moons are also well placed for viewing this month. The Middlebury College Observatory has a 16-inch computer-controlled telescope equipped with an electronic camera that can detect objects far fainter than can be seen with the human eye. In addition, several smaller telescopes will be available for observing the night sky.

The Middlebury College Observatory is located on the roof of the Science Center, located on the Middlebury College campus at the intersection of College Street and Storrs Avenue. Enter at the north door and follow the signs. These events are open to the public, and there is no charge. The Open House nights will take place provided that the sky is clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266, after 6 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report.