Mars and stars showcased at Osten Observatory March open house

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 3 years ago on Fri, Mar 1, 2019 12:01 PM
The Osten Observatory on Concordia’s campus in Seward will host an open house Thursday, May 9, from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Mars and nebulas will be viewed at a special open house Thursday, March 14 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Osten Observatory on Concordia University, Nebraska’s campus.

“A wide variety of objects from a very good look at craters on the moon, to a view of Mars, a cluster of stars and a nebula where stars form,” said Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics. “This will be a good opportunity to see a wide range of the types of objects visible in the sky.”

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 Hillcrest 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.