Astronomy at Augustana College

Halloween Open House - 2005
The planetarium and observatory will be open to the public on Saturday, October 29, 2005 for the annual Halloween Open House. The planetarium, located at 820 38th Street, will be open from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with indoor and outdoor programs led by planetarium director Dr. Lee Carkner.

Prominent at this year's open house will be the planet Mars, which is nearing its closest approach to Earth since 2003. The mysterious red planet has fascinated people for centuries with its eerie color and elusive surface details. Does Mars have canals? Are there Martians? Will people live on Mars in the future? Come see Mars for yourself and find out! This will be the best viewing opportunity until 2018, so don't miss out.

The evening's events will also include a planetarium show where the wonders of the night sky will be presented on the facility's 30-foot dome with the Spitz A3P projector. Views of planets, double stars, star clusters and galaxies will be provided via the 14-inch reflecting telescope in the Gamble Observatory. In addition, the Getz-Rogers Gallery, where images of celestial objects and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor are on display, will also be open to the public.

Admission is free. The observing areas are unheated so dress appropriate to the weather. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, the indoor programs will still be offered.