September 19, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: September 19, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT- On three Friday evenings-Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26-from 7:30 p.m. to 9 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 observatory series. 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.

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