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Press Release: Open House at UMass Dartmouth Observatory on April 30


Open House at UMass Dartmouth Observatory on April 30

The UMass Dartmouth Observatory and the Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE) invite the general public to a free night-sky viewing session on Saturday, April 30, at 8:30 p.m.

Author:  Alan Hirshfeld [Contact]
Date:  April 27, 2011
Department:   Music
The UMass Dartmouth Observatory and the Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE) invite the general public to a free night-sky viewing session on Saturday, April 30, at 8:30 p.m. Viewing will take place through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope and other telescopes operated by ASSNE members.

This event will take place only if weather permits (clear skies). In the event of cancellation, an announcement will be available each Saturday around 5 PM at www.assne.org or by calling (508) 999-8715 for a recorded message.

The Observatory is located in the field to the right of the main entrance to UMass Dartmouth off Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Parking is available in designated spaces on the campus Ring Road or in lot 17.  Admission is free, but donations to support the Observatory's educational programs are strongly encouraged. Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

The Astronomical Society of Southern New England is a non-profit club of amateur astronomers who serve Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts with educational outreach programs and public viewing. ASSNE assists UMass Dartmouth in operating the University Observatory and telescope for public viewings. The ASSNE motto is "To Educate and Inspire." For more information about the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, check online at http://www.assne.org/.

For more information about the UMass Dartmouth Observatory or to become an individual or corporate sponsor, please contact Prof. Alan Hirshfeld at ahirshfeld@umassd.edu or 508-999-8715.

ASTRONOMY WEB SITE OF THE MONTH:

Set aside a hefty block of time to peruse these sublime images of the night sky. From the website: "The World At Night (TWAN) is a program to produce and present a collection of stunning photographs and time-lapse videos of the world's landmarks against the celestial attractions. The eternally peaceful sky looks the same above symbols of all nations and regions, attesting to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet rather than an amalgam of human-designated territories."

http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/index.asp
 

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