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The best way to see the fantastic ONU Observatory is to watch this web page for upcoming events. Announcements of our public events may also appear in newspapers like the Ada Herald and Kenton Times.  Daytime and nighttime Tours of the ONU Observatory are also possible.   Contact the observatory manager:

Dr. Jason Pinkney
ONU Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Observatory: 419-772-4028

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Spring 2015 Schedule

Monday, Jan 26, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public event. "Asteroid Close Encounter" 
  Join the ONU Astronomy Club for a special event on Monday, January 26, from 8-10 pm. Normally we meet on Fridays, but on this day, a small asteroid (0.3 miles across) will fly safely past the Earth close enough to be seen through our telescopes. The closest approach is about three times the distance to the Moon. Asteroid 2004 BL86 is scheduled to pass through the constellation Cancer during the evening, so its motion should be detectable to the eye (unlike most asteroids).
But wait, there's more!! Comet Lovejoy will still be an easy target to see through the telescopes and binoculars. We'll help you see glimpses of this comet, Jupiter, the close-call asteroid, and the Moon as well.
   This event is free to the public but it is contingent on mostly clear skies, temperatures above 15 F, and no snow build-up. Check here for cancelations on Monday after 2 pm.
This event was CANCELLED due to bad weather.

Friday, Feb 6, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event. "The Opposition of Jupiter"
  ONU Physics and Astronomy welcomes you to the ONU Observatory on Friday, February 6, 8:00-10:00 pm for "The Opposition of Jupiter". The biggest planet of our solar system, the gas giant Jupiter, will be in opposition on February 6, meaning that it will be at its closest approach to the Earth. That makes it particularly easy to see features like the Great Red Spot, the Galilean Moons, and the shadows the moons cast on the planet. Jupiter will be well placed for observing with our telescopes throughout the event. We will also target the spectacular Comet Lovejoy as it recedes from the Earth in Andromeda. The moon will rise at 8:50 pm presenting still another target.
Check here for cancelations on Friday after 2 pm.
This event was CANCELLED due to snow build-up and clouds.

Friday, Mar 20, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "Spring Equinox and a New Moon"

Note:  There will be a total lunar eclipse on April 4th, but the middle of the eclipse occurs at 7 am EST and the Moon sets in the West around 7:19 am.   No public event will be held this early, but those who rise a few hours before the Sun might see about half of the event by looking west.

Friday, Apr 10, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "Galaxies of Spring"

Friday, Apr 24, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public event.  "Craters and Maria; Observing the Moon"

Friday, May 8,  8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "Spot Mercury and Venus"

Maps to the ONU Observatory: http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/ONUObservatory.html
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Fall 2014 Schedule

Friday, August 29, 8:30-10:30 pm. -- Public event. "Comet Rendezvous / Neptune Opposition" 

Friday, Sept 19, 8:30-10:30 pm. -- Public Event. "The Andromeda Galaxy" (Time change to 8:30.)

Note: On the morning of Wednesday, Oct 8, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse visible from Ada, OH.  No observatory event is planned because of the early hour.  The Earth's umbra begins to cover the Moon around 5:15 am EDT and the Moon sets during totality, around 7:30 am EDT.  It should be a beautiful sight and no telescope is needed.

Friday, October 17, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "The Opposition of Uranus"

Friday, October 31, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "Halloween and the Moon"

Friday, November 14, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public event.  "Seeing in the Leonids"

Friday, December 12,  8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "The Geminid Meteor Shower"

Spring 2014 Schedule

Friday, January 31, 8:00 - 10:00 pm. --
Public event. "Supernova in M82!"    

Friday, February 21, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event. "Star formation in Orion"

Friday, March 7, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event.  "The Moon in Taurus"

Friday, March 21, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public event.  "Asteroids and Occultations"

Note: On the morning of Tuesday, April 15, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse.  No observatory event is planned because of the late hour.  Totality begins around 3:06 am EDT and continues until 4:24 EDT.  It should be a beautiful sight, with Saturn, Mars and Spica all within 23 degrees of the Moon.

Saturday, April 19,  9:00-11:00 pm. TIME CHANGED! -- Public Event.  "Mars near opposition."

Friday, May 2, 9:00-11:00 pm. -- Public Event. "Saturn near opposition."

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