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Astronomy Club to host Supernova Night

Aug 30, 2011

The Ohio Northern University Astronomy Club invites ONU students, faculty and staff, as well as Ada and the surrounding communities, to an astronomy event at the ONU Observatory on Friday, Sept. 2, from 9-11 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

A short presentation on supernovas will take place around 9:45 p.m. A supernova is a rare event in which a star explodes. Light from the explosion rises over a week’s time and then slowly fades over a period of months.

ImageIn addition to the supernova, galaxies, the crescent moon, Jupiter and the Milky Way will be available for viewing. Attendees also will be able to take pictures of the sights.

The ONU Observatory will be open for public viewing on approximately two evenings of each month. These will be held on Fridays, except in the case of a special event such as a lunar eclipse. The observatory has a cool control room and public restrooms, which are kept warm. However, the telescopes are in an unheated outdoor area. Visitors should dress warmly.

 In the event of cloudy or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, the event will be canceled. Please consult the observatory website for news on future viewing dates and possible cancellations and to view maps of the observatory.

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