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Star Gazing at Standeford on Thursdays During Fall

General public invited to see a variety of celestial objects through observatory telescopes.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-3-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the general public to visit Standeford Observatory on clear Thursday evenings during the fall to see a variety of celestial objects through observatory telescopes.

Celestial objects on the fall observing list includes the Ring Nebula, the Wild Duck Cluster, the Swan Nebula, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, numerous globular clusters, and a host of colorful binary stars.

The fall observing season runs between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. The public is invited to visit Standeford Observatory (free admission) on Thursday evenings, beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 20. Open hours are from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays in September, October and November.

(NOTE: If the sky is not sufficiently clear at observing time, the public viewing session will not be held. Phone Standeford Observatory (507-389-6208) during the evening to inquire about sky conditions.)

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 Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825.) A sign on the gate at the end of lot #1 will indicate whether the observatory is open.

A photo of Standeford Observatory and map is available at

For more information about the Minnesota State Mankato observing facilities, see the Department of Physics & Astronomy website at

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

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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