Observatory Opens for International Moon Night

Moon photo taken by Albion College student Alysandra Ganem, at Albion College, summer 2012
Moon photo taken by Albion College student Alysandra Ganem, at Albion College, summer 2012.

The Albion community is invited to enjoy "International Observe the Moon Night" Saturday, September 22, at Albion College's Science Complex Observatory, located at the corner of East Michigan and Hannah Streets in Albion. Weather permitting, the telescope atop Palenske Hall will be open to the public from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Albion College faculty and members of the College's Astronomy Club will be on hand to help visitors identify craters, mountain ranges and other lunar formations that can be seen with the observatory's telescope. Physics professor Nicolle Zellner notes that one goal of Observe the Moon Night is to "get people excited about astronomy and science in general."

This event is free and open to the public, but will be cancelled due to rain or heavy cloud cover. To confirm event status, contact Albion College's department of Campus Safety on Saturday evening at 517/629-1234. For more information, contact Zellner at or 517/629-0465.

More information about the International Observe the Moon Night is available at http://observethemoonnight.org.