Sonoma State University's Department of Physics & Astronomy welcomes the public to Public Viewing Nights at the SSU Observatory to see nebulae and constellations in the night sky through multiple telescopes firsthand.
"This year we have a strong focus on close-by galaxies," Tom Targett, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy. "This is because they are really spectacular through a telescope for those who have never seen them before. We also have sort of special guest appearance later in the year from comet ISON."
Targett errs on the side of caution with the comet ISON as its appearance and visual impact is not guaranteed.
All participants are urged to wear warm clothing, comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.
The viewing schedule includes:
Oct 4, 7-9 p.m., Perseus, Pegasus, and Andromeda
Nov 8, 7-8 p.m., Fall Galaxies (possibly ISON)
Nov 22, 7-9 p.m., Comets (possibly ISON)
The SSU Observatory is located at an outbuilding in the southeast corner of the campus within Seawolf Stadium.
Maps may be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/maps/.
Please call (707) 664-2594 before arriving as there is always a possibility of cancellation due to fog or cloud cover.