Saturn and Mars to be viewed at Osten Observatory Open House

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 3 years ago on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 11:19 AM
The Osten Observatory on Concordia’s campus in Seward will hold an open house from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1.

Viewers will get a last look at Saturn, along with seeing Mars, a double star, and a nearby galaxy at a special open house from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Osten Observatory on Concordia’s campus.

“November gives us a good chance to see a range of things through the telescope,” said Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics. “We’ll be able to see planets in our solar system, stars in our galaxy and even look outside of our galaxy to another distant galaxy.”

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.