Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club will resume “Public Observing Night,” on Friday, August 29, 2014 in the LR Observatory on top of Minges Science Building. This free event will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will conclude approximately 11:00 p.m.
The public is invited to come to the top of Minges Science Building where several telescopes will be set up in addition to the 12.5 inch Cassegrain telescope in the observatory dome. To access the rooftop observatory, enter the building then take the elevator to the 4th floor and come up the steps.
During this viewing, participants will be able to see a waxing crescent moon, Mars, the red planet, and Saturn and its rings. If you come early you may catch a glimpse of Mercury. If visibility is clear, participants may also be able to see several impressive star clusters.
Telescope views will be streamed live to room Minges 107 to be viewed on a large screen. Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118 for those interested.