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Observatory Sessions Set for Fall

SEPT. 9, 2005--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls physics department begins its fall season of observatory viewings on Sept. 26-29 from 9 to 11 p.m. in Centennial Science Hall.

All observatory viewings are scheduled on clear nights only, Monday-Thursday. For daily weather updates, call 715/425-3560 or visit .

Stargazing sessions are free and open to the public. Each observatory session includes an introductory talk by physics Professor Eileen Korenic, who will highlight recent astronomical news or provide an in-depth look at one or more of the objects visible that night. The discussion for the September viewing session is "A Tilted Earth, Equinoxes and Soltices" and at 8:30 p.m. preceding the viewing in Room 271, Centennial Science Hall at 8:30 p.m.

Additional observatory sessions are scheduled for Oct. 24-27 from 9 to 11 p.m. and Nov. 28- Dec. from 8 to 10 p.m.

About the Observatory

The UW-RF Observatory houses a 16-inch Meade computer-controlled LX200GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which arrived in October 2003. The Physics Department also owns two 12-inch Meade LX200 telescopes that are usually mounted on the observing deck during public stargazing sessions.

Viewers can expect to see a selection of deep sky objects, such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. Saturn, one of the most impressive sights of all, will be the only prominent moon or planet of our solar system to be seen above the horizon during the upcoming sessions.

It is often best to arrive sometime after the start of an observing session to avoid waiting in line. In addition to the main telescope under the dome, one or two smaller telescopes will be set up on the observing deck.

A physics department faculty member, student or guest astronomer will staff each telescope and be available to answer any questions. Observers are encouraged to stay and look at as many elements as possible and feel free to request personal observing targets.

Since the dome is unheated and the observing deck is outside in the open air, guests are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.



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