DSU to host an Observatory Open House Nov. 7

Event includes an astronomy presentation and an opportunity for attendees to view planets, moons and stars through the Observatory telescope.

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After being on hiatus for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delaware State University Observatory will reopen for a Nov. 7 event in which the public will be able to view out into the far reaches of outer space.

The event is free and open to the public.

The event will began on at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 with an astronomy presentation in Room 223 of the Mishoe Science Center (South). Afterward as darkness descends around 5:30 p.m., the public will be able to climb up to the University’s Astronomical Observatory and look through the telescope, weather permitting.

The Observatory has a 14-inch Meade reflecting telescope that will enable members of the public to see such solar systems sites as far as Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, craters on the moon, as well as a host of other celestial objects as time permits.

While the 4:30 p.m. presentation will be accessible to all via an elevator to take attendees to the Mishoe Science Center second floor, climbing stairs will be necessary to reach the Observatory telescope.

Public participants must provide proof of a negative COVID test result within seven days of the event or show proof of vaccination. All attendees must wear masks during the entire event.

Attendees should park in Lot 12, located between the Price Building and the Mishoe Science Center.