Sarah Ray
Posted: September 19, 2001

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.

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.