Open House at UMass Dartmouth Observatory is Feb 20

Free open house and night-sky viewing session at the campus Observatory on Saturday, February 20, 7-10 p.m. Viewing will take place through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope and other telescopes operated by ASSNE members.

The UMass Dartmouth Observatory and the Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE) are pleased to invite the general public to a FREE open house and night-sky viewing session at the campus Observatory on Saturday, February 20, 7-10 p.m. Viewing will take place through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope and other telescopes operated by ASSNE members.

This event will take place only if the weather permits (clear skies and non-frostbite temperature). Visitors may check on the status of the event starting Saturday at around 5 PM by going to www.assne.org or by calling (508) 999-8715 for a recorded message in case of cancellation.

The Observatory is located in the field to the right of the main entrance to UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Parking is available in designated spaces on the campus Ring Road or in lot 17.  Admission is free, but donations to support the Observatory's educational programs are strongly encouraged. Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

The Astronomical Society of Southern New England is a non-profit club of amateur astronomers who serve Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts with educational outreach programs and public viewing. ASSNE assists UMass Dartmouth in operating the University Observatory and telescope for public viewings. The ASSNE motto is "To Educate and Inspire." For more information about the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, check online at http://www.assne.org/.

For more information about the UMass Dartmouth Observatory or to become an individual or corporate sponsor, please contact Prof. Alan Hirshfeld at ahirshfeld@umassd.edu or 508-999-8715. 

Upcoming Observatory open houses:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


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ASTRONOMY WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

Mars is here! On January 29, Mars reached opposition, the planetary configuration in which Mars is directly opposite the Sun as viewed from Earth. Although a hundred million miles away and a mere hundredth the width of the full moon, Mars is easily spied in the mid-evening sky as a bright, reddish "star" in the constellation Cancer (to the right -- west -- of the backwards-question-mark star pattern of Leo). Check out the lovely image of the Red Planet at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100129.html.

 



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