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View Jupiter, Saturn, Moon at free Observatory open house

October 7, 2019

KOKOMO, Ind. –  Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon will be among the highlights of the free open house at the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory Sunday, October 13.

Patrick Motl, associate professor of physics, will open the event at 8 p.m. with a talk on dark energy, followed by Observation until 10 p.m., weather permitting.

In addition to the moon and planets, stargazers may be able to see highlights from the summer triangle including Albireo, the ring nebula, and the great globular cluster in Hercules as fall constellations rise earlier in the night.

Viewers will be able to look through the Observatory’s two telescopes, 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.

The event is free and open to the public, at the Observatory, 2660 Washington Street. Free parking is available on campus. 

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 10/07/2019