Mars and Saturn showcased at Osten Observatory's October Open House

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 3 years ago on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 11:43 AM
The Osten Observatory near Concordia’s campus in Seward will hold an open house on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Mars and Saturn will be viewed at a special open house on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Osten Observatory near Concordia’s campus.

“October is another good month for planets with a view of Mars and Saturn,” said Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics. “We’ll also be able to see a double star and a dying star.”

Dr. Hermann will provide a brief explanation of each object and will answer questions from attendees. There is no set program and visitors are urged to check the weather before they arrive as it can change quickly. If the sky is cloudy, or if it is very windy at the time the observatory is scheduled to open, the viewing will be cancelled for the night.

The observatory is located on the northeast corner of Concordia’s campus on East Hill Crest Drive in Seward. Visitors should be prepared to walk across a short length of field as the path to the observatory is not paved. There is also a step up to be able to reach the telescope. There is no charge for admission.