Photo of the Moon and Mars taken by Steve Christensen ('71) on July 5, 2014

Astronomy Fall Open House

Observatory and Planetarium
Augustana College
820 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:30-9:00 pm

An excellent night for viewing
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The planetarium and observatory will be open to the public on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for the annual Astronomy Fall Open House. The planetarium will be open from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, with indoor and outdoor programs led by planetarium director Dr. Lee Carkner.  Admission is free.

The evening's events will 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 astronomical objects including the red planet Mars and the first quarter Moon will be provided via the 14-inch reflecting telescope in the Gamble Observatory and portable telescopes set up west of the building.  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.

The Fryxell Geology Museum, which features one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, will also be open to the public.  Available for viewing are a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, the wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks and the complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica.

The observing areas are unheated so dress appropriate to the weather. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, telescope views may not be possible but the indoor programs will still be offered.

Sky plot at 8:00 pm on Nov. 1, 2014