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From Widener University to the Milky Way: Stargazing Nights in the Kirkbride Observatory

August 12, 2010

The observatory atop Kirkbride Hall on Main Campus soon will open for another season of public stargazing.   The university’s 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes this fall will allow for views of the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune,  as well as the blue-yellow double stars Albireo and Almach, the globular star cluster M13 and the Ring Nebula in Lyra. The winter and spring season will feature planets Jupiter and Saturn, the binary stars Rigel, Cor Caroli and Izar, and the Orion Nebula and the globular star cluster M3.

The planet Jupiter's size compared to Earth

The free viewings begin Sept. 10 and are held weekly on Monday nights and one Friday night a month.  Click here for the Monday schedule and here for the Friday sessions.  Widener astronomy professors, including Professor Harry Augensen, will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance.

Jeff Blomquist ’06, co-author of A User’s Guide to the Universe:  Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes and Quantum Uncertainty is an alumnus who participated in the program when he was a Widener undergrad.  We featured him in the spring issue of Widener Magazine and produced an online video about him including many photos shot in the observatory.

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