October 4, 2011

Astronomical Society Open House Schedule 2011-2012

For families interested in space, planets or the stars, the Angell Hall Observatory has several open house dates throughout the year. Visiting during an open houses allow families to check out the telescopes (weather pending), as well as enjoy observatory tours, presentations, and planetarium shows, rain or shine.
Open House Dates 2011

September 16th - 9:00-11:00 p.m.
September 30th - 9:00-11:00 p.m.
October 14th - 9:00-11:00 p.m.
October 28th - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
November 4th - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
November 18th - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
December 9th - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Facilities include a 0.4 meter Ritchey-Chretien reflector in the main observatory, as well as one or two 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrains set up on the rooftop. From light-polluted Ann Arbor the best subjects for viewing are typically the planets, the moon, the constellations, and colorful binary star systems. We also can show you a few of the brighter nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies in the sky. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and lots of questions for the undergraduates. Keep in mind that the objects we can observe depend on the time of year so there are new things to see at each open house!

Angell Hall is also home to a new planetarium, installed in August 2004. It projects more than 7000 stars, the sun, the moon, the planets, the milky way, and star clustes. Come see what the night sky looks like without light pollution! Planetarium shows are held during all open houses rain or shine.

For questions regarding the Angell Hall Observatory Open Houses visit the website or send messages to sas-officers@umich.edu.

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