Astronomy at Augustana College



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At the open house we plan to use our newest telescope, a computer automated NexStar 5i.

Halloween / Eclipse Open House - 2004
The planetarium and observatory will be open to the public from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, October 27, 2004 in conjunction with the total eclipse of the moon. There will be indoor and outdoor programs in the planetarium, the Carl Gamble Observatory, and the building's grounds.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the alignment of the Earth, Sun and Moon is such that the Earth blocks the sunlight that normally makes the Moon shine. During the eclipse, the Moon is slowly covered and then uncovered by the Earth's shadow. The totally eclipsed Moon is an eerie and awe-inspiring faint red disk. With a telescope, or even with the naked eye, the shadow's progress can be observed across the Moon's craters, highlands, and the Maria, or dark portions of the Moon.

The programs will be presented by planetarium director, Dr. Lee Carkner, and by other Augustana faculty and students. In addition to the 14-inch reflector in the Gamble Observatory and a 5-inch telescope on the grounds, a planetarium show on the wonders of the night sky will be offered.

Admission is free.  The observatory is unheated so please dress according to the weather. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, the planetarium presentation will still be offered.