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Moon, Jupiter, nebula and more to be seen at Osten Observatory open houses

Friday, Mar. 4, 2016
The Moon and Jupiter with some of its moons will be able to be seen during the Osten Observatory open houses March 14–17, 2016, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
The Moon and Jupiter with some of its moons will be able to be seen during the Osten Observatory open houses March 14–17, 2016, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The Moon, Jupiter and its moons, a star cluster, a nebula and even a distant galaxy will be seen at the spring open houses of the Osten Observatory at Concordia University, Nebraska. The observatory will be open from 8:30 to 10 p.m. March 14–17, 2016.Admittance is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Each night the observatory is open, visitors can come anytime during the open house hours to see the Moon and Jupiter, as well as other objects that are visible.

The observatory is located at the northeast corner of campus along East Hillcrest Drive in Seward. The path to the observatory is not paved, so visitors should prepare to walk across a short length of field. If sky conditions are cloudy or excessive winds occur at the open house starting time, the viewing will be cancelled for the night.

The observatory and telescope were gifted to Concordia in 2002 by 1933 alumnus Reuben Osten and his wife, Doris.