Osten Observatory announces 2019-20 open house schedule

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 1 year ago on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 11:40 AM
The Osten Observatory, located at Concordia University, will host its first open house Sept. 5 from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Osten Observatory announced its first open house of the academic year will be 8:30 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, on Concordia University, Nebraska’s campus.

Additionally, the schedule for the 2019-20 academic year has been released with multiple opportunities for viewing on the first Thursday of the month during the fall and the second Thursday of the month in the spring. Viewings include:

  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2, 8:30-10 p.m.

Dr. Robert Hermann, chair of the natural and computer sciences departments, and director of Osten Observatory, will provide a brief explanation of recognizable objects and will answer questions from attendees during open houses. 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 canceled 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.