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Skies Open Up For October Observatory Session

SEPT. 28, 2007--The Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is set to deliver a talk on the first clear night of Oct. 15-18 on a topic many Americans wish they could experience: weightlessness.

This kind of weightlessness, however, is related to space. UWRF Professor Eileen Korenic will present, "Dieter's Dream: Weightlessness and Space Travel," at 8 p.m. in Room 271 Centennial Science Hall, followed by an observatory viewing session at 8:30 p.m. on the building's third floor deck on the first clear night Oct. 15-18.  

Featured in this month's observatory viewing is the new to crescent moon, Jupiter and the rising of Mars.

Two more observatory sessions are scheduled for fall semester: Nov. 12-15 and Dec. 10-13. Since the dome is unheated and the observing deck is outside in the open air, visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.

Those interested in attending can call 715-425-3560 for information on that night's observatory session, or they can visit and click on 'Observatory' to view the latest updates on the clarity of the sky.

Both talks and observatory viewing sessions are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information on the observatory, contact Glenn Spiczak at, and for information on the pre-observatory talks, contact Eileen Korenic at

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.


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