Open House at the Observatory Tonight! September 24, 2010Posted by jcconwell in Observatory.
Tags: Astronomy, Eastern Illinois University, EIU, Jupiter, Observatory
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It’s the last Friday of the month and the first Friday of Autumn! Time for the open house. Weather cooperating the target for tonight is Jupiter. It’s in opposition to the sun (in the sky ~180 degrees from the Sun), which mean it is also closest to the Earth. So Jupiter will not look any better until next year. So come on out, viewing begins at 8:30.
Attendees will be able to look through the observatory’s state-of-the-art, 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Even if it’s cloudy, the observatory will be open for tours.
Eastern’s observatory is located southwest of the Campus Pond. A map is available online at http://www.eiu.edu/~physics/campusmap.pdf.