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Open House at UMass Dartmouth Observatory

The UMass Dartmouth Observatory and the Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE) are pleased to invite the general public to a free open house and night-sky viewing session at the newly renovated campus Observatory on Saturday, February 2 at 7p.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 the weather permits (clear skies). Visitors may check on the status of the event starting Saturday at around 5 PM by going to 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, although donations to support the Observatory's educational programs are strongly encouraged. Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

For information about donating to the Observatory Development Fund or to be placed on a mailing list for announcements of Observatory events, please contact Prof. Alan Hirshfeld at 508-999-8715 or at

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."

Author: "Alan Hirshfeld"
Date: 30-1-2008

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