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Thursday Evening Fall Observations at Standeford Observatory

The public is invited to come visit Standeford Observatory at Minnesota State University, Mankato on clear Thursday evenings during the fall observing season.

2012-11-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 8-31-2012

Mankato, Minn. – The public is invited to come visit Standeford Observatory at Minnesota State University, Mankato on clear Thursday evenings during the fall observing season, which runs from Labor Day to Thanksgiving.

The observatory will be free and open to the public on these Thursday evenings (Sept. 6 through Nov. 15) from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will be not be held.)

Those making a Thursday trek to the observatory will be able to see a variety of celestial objects from the fall observing list, including the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters, a planet or two, and a host of colorful binary stars.

Visitors should park at the southern end of Gage parking lot #1, walk through the pedestrian gate, and follow the road south to the observatory. (Visitors with special needs should contact the Disability Services Office at 389-2825.)

If weather makes viewing uncertain, phone Standeford Observatory (389-6208) during the evening to inquire about sky conditions. A sign on the gate at the end of lot #1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.

For more information about the Minnesota State Mankato observing facilities, see the Physics & Astronomy website at http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/observing/.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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