Celestial Celebrations at BSU Observatory

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On July 22nd, the BSU Observatory will host a special public night from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm (weather allowing) to celebrate the arrival of the New Horizons space probe at dwarf planet Pluto. New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14th and will have started to return data by the 15th. Pluto will be visible to the observatory’s telescopes on the 15th, along with Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus. Join us for viewing through our telescopes on the observatory’s decks, images of Pluto taken by the observatory’s main dome, and a talk on Pluto in room 120 of the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics center.

Please check a few hours before the event to see if weather will allow it to go on. You can call our hotline at 508-531-DARK, find us on Facebook (Bridgewater State University Observatory), or follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory to check.

Note:  This event was originally scheduled for tonight, July 15th, but it has been canceled due to the expected rain and clouds forecasted tonight.  Please join them next Wednesday, July 22nd, weather permitting. 

new horizons spacecraft
The New Horizons Spacecraft. Photo via NASA.
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