Osten Observatory announces 2021-22 open house schedule

Published by Logan Tuttle 2 months ago on Wed, Aug 18, 2021 2:36 PM
The Osten Observatory, located at Concordia University, will host its first open house Sept. 2 from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Osten Observatory will host its first open house of the academic year on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 to 10 p.m., on Concordia University, Nebraska’s campus.

Additionally, the schedule for the 2021-22 academic year has been released. This schedule is subject to change based on viewing opportunities, weather and public health measures.  

  • Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 7, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 3, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, 9-10:30 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 the 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.