(Posted September 8, 2014)

Juniata College student Mara Zimmerman and Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, check out the college's telescope.
Juniata College student Mara Zimmerman and Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, check out the college's telescope.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College physics department is again starting its "Observatory Nights" starting Monday, Sept. 15 and continuing through Nov. 24.

On each scheduled night students and visitors from the community are invited to Juniata's Paul Hickes Observatory to use several powerful telescopes to observe a variety of celestial objects, which will vary with the seasons. The Hickes Observatory is behind the Brumbaugh Academic Center, reachable by driving north up Mifflin Street and driving onto the gravel drive behind the center. Parking is available. The observatory is reachable by walking up the hill.

Each Observatory Night will be on a Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. The dates are as follows: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24.

Beaky emphasizes that visitors and students should dress for the current weather conditions. The observatory is open to the weather. Observatory Nights may be cancelled in the event of clouds, rain or snow. Beaky will cancel by 5 p.m. on the scheduled day. To check whether there has been a cancellation, go to http://www.juniata.edu/astronomy/.

If large groups of 10 or more visitors would like to come to the Observatory, please contact Matt Beaky directly at 814-641-3550 or at beaky@juniata.edu about scheduling a special Observatory Night.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.