Middlebury

June 27, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: June 27, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT-On three Wednesday evenings - July 11, 18 and 25 - from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Middlebury College will offer stargazing from Bicentennial Hall's rooftop observatory, weather permitting. These are the first nights the facility will be open to the public since the installation of the College's new 24-inch reflecting telescope. Several other smaller telescopes will also be available on the roof deck for observing the night sky. The summer observatory series is sponsored by the Middlebury College physics department. Admission is free.

Since cloud cover obscures visibility, the open house nights will take place only if the sky is reasonably clear. If the weather appears uncertain, check with the observatory at 802-443-2266 after 6 p.m. on the evening of an open house for a status report.

Bicentennial Hall is located on Bicentennial Way on the western edge of the Middlebury College campus. Visitors should follow state route 125 West from the village center through the campus. Bicentennial Way, which is the second right after the flashing light at the crest of the hill, leads to a parking lot and Bicentennial Hall. Enter the building and take the elevators to the top floor, following the signs.

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