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January 27, 2020

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Galaxies of Spring

Friday night feature at ONU Observatory

Ada and the surrounding communities are invited to the ONU Observatory on Friday, April 13, from 9-11 p.m. for "The Galaxies of Spring," according to Dr. Jason Pinkney, observatory director.

"Galaxies are a swirling collection of stars, gas, dust, and dark matter. They are generally difficult to see with telescopes because they are so far away and faint.  During this time of the year, however, the closest concentrations of galaxies are positioned high in the sky by midnight," he said.

Adding: "We will be targeting such galaxies as M66 in Leo and  the "Black eye galaxy" in Coma Berenices for observation with the telescopes.

"By sheer luck, at 9:14 p.m., the ISS will pass low in the sky to the SW. So come and witness the wonders of the deep skyas you learn about extragalactic astronomy."

This event will be canceled in the event of cloudy weather.

Check this web site on the afternoon before the event for cancellations: