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Observatory Fall Sessions Set

SEPT. 6, 2007--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls physics department begins its fall season of free, public observatory viewings on the first clear night of Sept. 17-20 from 8 to 10 p.m. in Centennial Science Hall.

The stargazing session includes an introductory talk by physics Professor Eileen Korenic, who will present "Touching the Future: Space Shuttle Mission 118 - Teacher in Space" at 8 p.m. in Room 371, Centennial Science Hall. Her talk precedes the 9 p.m. viewing from the CSH 3 rd Floor observation deck. Special note will be made of the first quarter moon and Jupiter during this viewing.

All observatory viewings are scheduled on the first clear night only, Monday-Thursday. For daily weather updates, call 715-425-3560 or visit and click on "observatory" to see whether the night is clear enough for the program.             Additional observatory sessions are scheduled for Oct. 15-18 starting at 8 p.m.; Nov. 12-15 starting at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10-13 staring at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the observatory contact Glenn Spiczak ( ) or for information on pre-viewing talks Eileen Korenic (

About the Observatory

The UWRF Observatory houses a 16-inch Meade computer-controlled LX200GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and 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. 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, visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.


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