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Harry D. Powell Astronomical Observatory at ETSU

Physics & Astronomy

Star Party Open Houses


Free public Observatory Open Houses will be held at the ETSU campus Observatory once a month during the school year when the weather permits. The dates and times are listed below. During these open houses, the telescopes will be set up and available for visitors to view celestial objects, and ETSU astronomers will be available to answer questions. During each open house, one of the ETSU astronomers or physicists will give a short talk on a popular astronomical topic. All programs are open to the public and free of charge. Note that Observatory Open Houses are cancelled if the sky is cloudy. If you are uncertain as to the weather conditions, call the observatory before traveling up there to make sure the Open House will be held. For more information, contact    or . The phone number at the Observatory is 423-929-3382.

September 10
8 pm - 10 pm
Astrolabes, Sextants, and Quadrants
Presented by Dr. Beverly Smith
(Assisted by Dr. Mark Giroux)

October 8
8 pm - 10 pm
Shedding Light on Dark Matter
Presented by Dr. Mark Giroux
(Assisted by Dr. Beverly Smith)

November 5
8 pm - 10 pm
The Dwarf Planet Ceres Up Close
Presented by Dr. Donald Luttermoser
(Assisted by Dr. Yuriy Razskazovskiy)

December 3
 8 pm - 10 pm
Magnetism in the Cosmos: Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
           Presented by Dr. Richard Ignace
         (Assisted by Dr. Frank Hagelberg)

February 4
8 pm - 10 pm
New Waves Out of Space
Presented by Dr. Frank Hagelberg  
(Assisted by Dr. Richard Ignace)

April 1
8 pm -- 10 pm
The Search for Life in the Universe
Presented by Dr. Yuriy Razskazovskiy
(Assisted by Dr. Donald Luttermoser)

Last updated by B. J. Smith August 30, 2016


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