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April 21: Public Viewing Night at Andreas Observatory

Viewing will be from 9-11 p.m.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-13-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will hold a free public viewing night Friday, April 21 from 9-11 p.m. at the University’s Andreas Observatory, located on the southern edge of campus, weather permitting.

Attendees will have the chance to look through one of Minnesota’s largest telescopes and see Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, as well as other celestial objects like star clusters, double stars and nebulae.

Visitors should park at the south end of Lot 1 (located at the south end of Ellis Avenue) and walk to the observatory (a distance of about 600 yards), so as to not create light that will interfere with the viewing.

Those with questions may contact Paul Eskridge, professor of astronomy, at 507-389-1849 or

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is part of the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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