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Public Events at the ONU Observatory

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The ONU Observatory holds public events in order to share astronomy with the surrounding communities. The events on the Schedule below marked "Public Event" are free and open to the public! More information will be given as the date approaches. Note: these events are subject to cancellation when the weather is poor, or equipment needs repair. Please watch inside the schedule for cancellations in red which will be posted by 2:30 pm on the day of the event.
Cross your fingers for good weather. We'll leave the light off for ya!

Fall 2015 Schedule

Sunday, August 23, 8:30-10:30 pm. -- ONU event. "Welcomefest - Astronomy Club Open House"

Friday, Sept 4, 8:30-10:30 pm. -- Public Event. "Saturn and Mercury setting early"

Monday, Sept 28, 9:00-11:00 pm. -- Public Event. "Total Lunar Eclipse"

Friday, Oct 9, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "Comet Catalina brightens"

Note: On the morning of Wednesday, October 28, there will be a triple conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the eastern sky. The three planets will form a tight, 1-degree triangle. There will be no observatory event for this, but it is an easy event to enjoy with the naked eye.

Friday, Oct 16, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "The Andromeda Galaxy"

Friday, October 30, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "Halloween and the Moon"

Friday, November 13, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event. "What we learned of Pluto."

Friday, December 11,  8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "The Geminid Meteor Shower"

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Arrange a tour or visit?

We encourage your K-12 students and other organizations to visit during the Public Events listed above. However, you may be able to schedule a special visit. We can comfortably fit about 60 people in the observing room. Bigger groups can still attend. During the daytime, we will show you the building and telescopes and, if clear, can view the Sun! We don't roll back the roof if there is precipitation. If interest, contact the Observatory Manager:


Dr. Jason Pinkney
ONU Dept of Physics and Astronomy
525 S. Main St., Ada, OH, 45810
j-pinkney@onu.edu
Office: 419-772-2740
Observatory: 419-772-4028



See maps to the ONU Observatory.
Check the weather at ONU Observatory: Clear Sky Chart.
See the Observatory's Astrophoto gallery.

Other information for visitors to the ONU Observatory:

See Archive of previous Astronomy Events at ONU.


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