Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club is sponsoring a Public Observing Night on Friday, March 11 in the LR Observatory.
This free event will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at approximately 10 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 take the stairs to the roof. If the evening is cool, participants are encouraged to wear warm clothes or bring a blanket.
Shortly after sunset, participants will be able to see Jupiter and its four bright moons. The moon will be visible in the south along with several star clusters and nebulae. In the late evening, participants may be able to view Saturn.
The views of the telescope will be visible on television monitors outside the elevator and observatory. Telescope views will also be streamed live to Classroom Minges 107 to be viewed on a large screen. Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in Classroom Minges 118 for those interested.