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February 9 Star Party: "The Winter Milky Way"

ONU and surrounding communities are invited to the ONU Observatory
this on Friday, February 9 for a stargazing event called "The Winter Milky Way."

Organizers note, "The Milky Way is our home Galaxy. It appears as a swath of light that wraps around the sky.  In the summer, the Milky Way runs through constellations like Cygnus (the Swan), while in the winter, it runs through Gemini and Canis Major (the great dog) next to Orion. In February, this "Winter Milky Way" is crossing the meridian around 9:30 pm, making it a good time to explore its treasures with a telescope.  

"These include Hubble's Variable Nebula, the Seagull Nebula, and several star clusters. 

"We can also look at the planets Uranus and Jupiter under the moonless sky."

In the event of cancellation, a message will appear in red before 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event on the Public Events web page:

The forecast (as of 2/8) is for 42% cloudcover, which is a barely acceptable
amount of interference for a public event.  Temperature will be mild at 53 F.