September 28, 2000

Middlebury College to Host Observatory Open House Night on October 7

The Event is Free and Open to the Public

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—The Middlebury College physics department will host an open house night—the final one scheduled for the fall season—on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the College’s observatory in Bicentennial Hall. The observatory will be open to the public for viewing of the heavens from 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The waxing gibbous moon will be prominent in the southern sky, and Saturn should become visible in the east toward the end of the evening. The new observatory dome is equipped with a 16-inch computer-controlled telescope to assist viewing. Several smaller telescopes will also be available for observing the night sky. Cloud cover obscures visibility, however, so the open house night will take place only if the sky is reasonably clear. If the weather appears uncertain, check with the observatory at 802-443-2266, after 5 p.m. on the evening of the open house for a status report.

Bicentennial Hall is located at the end of Bicentennial Way, off Route 125 west. When heading west from Middlebury village, proceed through the campus on College Street (Route 125) and past the yellow flashing light at the top of the hill. Bicentennial Way is then the second right turn, at the foot of the hill past the flashing light. There is a parking lot at Bicentennial Hall. Inside the building, signs will mark the way to the elevators to the top floor and the observatory.