Public Events at the ONU Observatory
The best way to see the fantastic new 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
Fall 2014 Schedule
Friday, August 29, 8:30-10:30 pm. -- Public event. "Comet Rendezvous / Neptune Opposition"
On this night, we celebrate encounters with two comets. For Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a spacecraft called "Rosetta" has just reached the comet and is finding the optimum site for a November landing. While Comet 67P will not easily be visible from Earth, Comet Jacques is expected to be well-placed in the sky and bright enough for easy telescopic viewing. Comet Jacques is expected to be at its minimum distance from the Earth, 0.6 AU, on this date, Aug 29.
If the comets aren't enough excitement, the opposition of Neptune also occurs on this night! That means it's opposite the Sun in the sky and is optimally placed for viewing.
This event is free to the public but it is contingent on mostly clear skies.
Friday, Sept 19, 8:00-10:00 pm. -- Public Event. "The Andromeda Galaxy"
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.
Friday, May 2, 9:00-11:00 pm. -- Public Event. "Saturn near opposition."
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