Middlebury

August 1, 2001

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: August 1, 2001

MIDDLEBURY,
VT -
On two Wednesday evenings-Aug. 8 and 15-from 9 p.m.
to 10:30 p.m., Middlebury College will again offer
stargazing from Bicentennial Hall's rooftop observatory,
weather permitting. There is no set program; the public is
invited at any time during these hours. The observatory dome
houses a 24-inch computer-controlled telescope, and several
smaller telescopes will be available on the roof deck for
observing the night sky. The Middlebury College physics
department sponsors the ongoing summer observatory series,
which began in July and continues this month. 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 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.