Cooperative Education and Internship Program (CEIP)College of Engineering 

CANCELLED: UMass Dartmouth Observatory open house, Dec. 19

NOTE: Due to the inclement weather forecast (winter storm advisory with snow), the Observatory public open house scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, has been cancelled. We will resume the Observatory public open houses in February 2010; schedule to be announced.

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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 campus Observatory on Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 7 to 10 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 the weather permits (clear skies and non-frostbite conditions). 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 in case of cancellation.

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

For more information about the UMass Dartmouth Observatory or to become an individual or corporate sponsor, please contact Prof. Alan Hirshfeld at or. To help us expand our public outreach program, please contribute to our FALL FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN by sending a check to:

Observatory Development Fund, UMass Dartmouth Foundation,
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,
285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

Or visit and click on Make a Gift. Please specify "Observatory Development Fund."

Author:  "Alan Hirshfeld"
Date:  8-12-2009
Submitted by:  Kathleen Beals
Department:  College Of Engineering - Phy

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