The Moon and Alberio to be viewed at Osten Observatory Open House

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 3 years ago on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 10:19 AM
The Osten Observatory on Concordia’s campus in Seward will hold an open house from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2.

The Moon and the double star Alberio will be viewed at a special open house from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Osten Observatory on Concordia University, Nebraska’s campus.

“The Moon will be visible through the telescope. We will also try to look at the pretty double star Alberio, the nebula left over from a dying star, a cluster of stars, and a distant galaxy,” said Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics.

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.