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Gaze at Saturn Sunday during Observatory open house

October 5, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Stargazers may view Saturn and the Andromeda galaxy during a free monthly open house at the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory.

Patrick Motl, associate professor of physics, will begin the open house at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 11, with discussion of the space launch system NASA is developing, aimed at missions beyond Earth with the Orion spacecraft.

After the presentation, those attending may see a breathtaking view of Saturn and the objects from the summer triangle in the western sky, as the sun sets. Following this show the Andromeda galaxy, Uranus, and a variety of globular, open clusters from the Messier catalog may be seen in the east.

The Observatory’s telescopes are a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.

Observation continues until 10 p.m., weather permitting.

The open house is free and open to the public in the Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane. Free parking is available on campus.

Story written by Kambren Stanley. Kambren is a student writer in the Office of Media & Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 10/05/2015