September 17, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will hold an open house on Friday, Sept. 26, from 8 to 11 p.m.

Part of the University's Family Weekend celebration, the event is open to the public without charge and will be held rain or shine.

The open house will include tours of the facility and Ned Ladd, associate professor of astronomy and physics at Bucknell, will give the talk, "The King of Planets," several times during the evening.
Weather permitting, the Observatory's telescopes will focus on the stars and the bright planet Jupiter. Observatory facilities include the 121-year-old Clark refracting telescope and several modern reflecting telescopes.

The Observatory is located on the southern end of the Bucknell campus, just south of the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Ample parking is available. Call 570-577-1207 for more information.

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