Physics and Astronomy Offers Fall Sky Observing Sessions
Posted: October 11, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Join the Physics and Astronomy Department in one of its sky observing sessions tonight at 7:30 p.m. on the Quad between Fenwick Library and SUB I. The session is one of a series offered to the public and students in the department’s introductory astronomy classes. Weather permitting, participants should have a clear view of the fall sky through the department’s 12-inch, computer-controlled Meade telescopes.
The sessions are run by Physics and Astronomy instructors Harold Geller and Amin Jazaeri. According to Geller, observers should be able to get a glimpse of the Andromeda Galaxy, some 2.9 million light years away, and the Ring Nebula, “the death pains of a star as massive as our own sun but collapsed to the size of Earth.” The Hercules Cluster, a group of more than a million stars whose light reaches us after a journey of 25,000 years, will also be visible, says Geller.
More information and the fall schedule can be found online.