Concordia University, Nebraska’s Osten Observatory Hosts Open Houses

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The observatory will be open to the public the evenings of Oct. 4 and Nov. 1.

People get a chance to hear about the objects they're looking at and to ask astronomy questions.

The celestial bodies will be visible through Concordia University, Nebraska’s Osten Observatory during its three open houses this fall. The observatory will be open to the public the evenings of Oct. 4 and Nov. 1.

The observatory will open Thursday, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Observers may catch a glimpse into the nearby Andromeda galaxy in addition to the double star, star cluster and nebula.

Guests may come and go as desired during each open house as no formal program will take place. The viewing cycle takes 20-30 minutes, but visitors may stay as long as they like.

“We just cycle through the objects we’re looking at, so everyone gets a chance to see every object,” said Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics. “People get a chance to hear about the objects they’re looking at and to ask astronomy questions.”
The observatory and 16-inch computer-controlled telescope were gifted to Concordia in 2002 by 1933 alumnus Reuben Osten and his wife, Doris.

If sky conditions are cloudy or excessive winds occur at the starting time, the viewing will be cancelled. The observatory is located at the northeast corner of campus along East Hillcrest Drive.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit http://www.cune.edu.

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