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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 23
8 pm - 10 pm
The Legacy of the Cassini Spacecraft
Presented by Dr. Beverly Smith
(Assisted by Dr. Mark Giroux)

October 28
8 pm - 10 pm
Shedding Light on Dark Matter
Presented by Dr. Mark Giroux
(Assisted by Dr. Beverly Smith)

December 2
8 pm - 10 pm
On Nothing (How Empty is Empty Space?)
Presented by Dr. Frank Hagelberg
(Assisted by Dr. Richard Ignace )

February 24
 8 pm - 10 pm
Defending the Earth against Strikes from Objects in Space
           Presented by Dr. Richard Ignace
         (Assisted by Dr. Frank Hagelberg)

March 24
8 pm - 10 pm
The Future of Space Travel
Presented by Dr. Yuriy Razskazovskiy
(Assisted by Dr. Gary Henson)

April 21
8 pm -- 10 pm
The James Webb Space Telescope
Presented by Dr. Gary Henson
(Assisted by Dr.  Yuriy Razskazovskiy)

Last updated by B. J. Smith November 9, 2017


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