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Observatory Lets Public Reach for the Stars

The University of West Georgia Observatory will continue its public viewings of the celestial skies on Monday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. Viewing will take place if the skies are clear.

Dr. Bobby Powell, professor and chair of the Department of Physics at the University of West Georgia, and Robert Moore, Jr., laboratory coordinator, ready the West Georgia Observatory for free public viewing available through May on the UWG campus.

Dr. Bobby Powell, professor and chair of the Department of Physics at the University of West Georgia, and Robert Moore, Jr., laboratory coordinator, ready the West Georgia Observatory for free public viewing available through May on the UWG campus.

The observatory features a Cassegrain reflecting telescope with a 14-inch-diameter mirror mounted in an observing room whose dome has a diameter of 16 feet. UWG students and residents from surrounding communities have observed the Sun, Moon, planets, nebulas, star clusters and galaxies.

Science classes, science clubs and civic or religious groups may request special observation visits conducted by Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics Bobby Powell. The observatory is located off West Georgia Drive on Plant OP Drive and opens to the general public once a month when the skies are clear.

“We invite people from Carrollton and surrounding communities as well as non-astronomy UWG students to visit the observatory during the public observations,” said Powell. “We enjoy creating opportunities for children and adults to take a peek at beautiful skies.”

Public viewings are scheduled on the following Mondays in fall and spring semesters:

*Sept. 15, 9 – 10 p.m.
*Oct. 27, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
*Nov. 17, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
*Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 23, 7 – 8 p.m.
*March 9, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
*April 20 and May 11, 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a special viewing for a group or organization, contact Dr. Bob Powell at 678-839-4095 or e-mail at bpowell@westga.edu.

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