KOKOMO, Ind. — Jupiter dominates the night sky for the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory’s free open house this Sunday, January 11.
The solar system’s largest planet will rise shortly after the open house begins at 7 p.m. Jupiter is approaching opposition, or a position in a straight line with the earth and the sun, on February 6, and can be seen with telescopes and binoculars all months, weather permitting.
Stargazers may also see Venus and Mercury, along with winter favorites such as the great nebula in Orion and several star clusters, through the Observatory’s two telescopes. The six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.
Observation will continue until 9 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public in the Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane. Free parking is available on campus.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.