The moon and planets will be focus of stargazers at UM-Dearborn astronomical observatory in free, public programs Aug. 15 and Sept. 5
August 6, 2008
DEARBORN / Aug. 6. 2008---Astronomy buffs will have the opportunity to see several planets, the moon and other heavenly bodies during a public observing session at the University of Michigan-Dearborn observatory from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15.
Another session, scheduled for the evening of Friday, Sept. 5, will offer viewers a chance to see seven planets, as well as the moon.
“Because of the position of the planets on that day, we may be able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars and the moon early in the evening, not long after sunset,” according to Donald Bord, professor of physics and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn. “To have a chance to see Uranus and Neptune, viewers will have to wait until at least 10 p.m.”
Jupiter (and Earth, of course) will be visible during the entire session. “Saturn is the only planet that won’t be visible that evening,” according to Bord.
The Sept. 5 session will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end around 11 p.m.
The UM-Dearborn observatory is located on the 3rd floor of the Science Learning and Research Center, and the viewing sessions are free and open to the public.
The sessions will be canceled if the sky is overcast. The status will be posted on the observatory phone at 313-583-6566 one hour prior to the schedule start of observing, and on the observatory Web site at astronomy.umd.umich.edu.