Observatory Invites Community to Stargaze

All are welcome to attend the University Observatory’s free open house from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the University Farm.

Open houses are held on the first Thursday after the new moon. Future open houses are scheduled from 8:30-10:30 p.m. March 22 and April 19.

The Stargazers Astronomy Club, made up of Truman students, has revamped the open house program this semester.

If the weather is clear, there will be two telescopes running, one inside the dome and one outside. There will be students available outside as well to help find and explain the constellations that can be seen by the naked eye.

In addition, observatory open houses will no longer be cancelled on account of cloudy skies or other visibility problems. Instead, visitors can stay and listen to presentations on astronomy and other related topics in the farm classroom.

The club will also be selling hot cocoa and cookies at the events.

The University Farm is located approximately a mile and half from campus on Boundary Street. For those who do not want to give up a coveted  parking space or do not have transportation, free shuttles will run from Magruder Hall out to the farm every half hour starting at 6:50 p.m. on the night of the open houses.

Visit http://observatory.truman.edu for directions and more information about the open houses.

Groups are welcome to attend the open houses as well. Groups interested in scheduling a private open house or special event at the observatory should contact Matthew Beaky at 785.4594 for more information.
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