March 01, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host an Open House on Friday, March 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The open house, which is free and open to the public, will be held rain or shine.

Bucknell senior astronomy student Jakob Shaffer will give the talk, "Amazing Pictures in Astronomy," at 7 p.m. in the Observatory's classroom.

Weather permitting, the Observatory's telescopes will focus on the night sky. Observatory facilities include the newly refurbished and updated 123-year-old Clark refracting telescope and several modern reflecting telescopes.

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

The Observatory Open House is sponsored by the Bucknell Astronomy Club, the department of physics and astronomy, the Isaac J. Tressler Fund for Astronomy, and the Bucknell Observatory.

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