ESU Observatory Welcomes All to View Jupiter and the Moon

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on May 26, 2017, No Comments

The Physics Department at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania will hold an open house at the university observatory to view the first quarter moon and the planet Jupiter and its moons on Friday, June 2, 9–10 p.m., weather permitting. The observatory is located on the roof of the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center on Normal Street.

Observers will have the opportunity to view the moon and Jupiter through the observatory’s 16-inch telescope.

This event is free and open to the public. Children, supervised by an adult, are encouraged to come to the viewing. The observatory is a smoke-free area and can be accessed by the rear elevator or stairway. Free parking is available in the lot behind the Sci-Tech Center. Directions may be found on the website.

The Schisler Museum of Wildlife & Natural History and McMunn Planetarium will also be open (at normal admission rates) from 8–9 p.m., prior to the observatory opening. At 8 p.m. the planetarium will show the film Stars, narrated by Mark Hamill, and at 8:30 p.m. the film Passport to the Universe will be shown, narrated by Tom Hanks. Descriptions of the films may be found on the website.

The McMunn Planetarium features a SPITZ digital projection system in a 30-foot wide full-dome presentation for commercial films and custom star shows. The Schisler Museum features habitat recreations that display and interpret more than 140 wildlife specimens from around the world. Regular admission rates are: $6 adults; $4 children 3-17 and seniors 60+; free for children 2 and under, ESU students, and Schisler/McMunn members. Attendance at the museum/planetarium program from 8–9 p.m. is not required to participate in the free observatory program at 9 p.m.

This observatory event is weather dependent, as clouds can prevent visibility.  In case of cancellation, a notice will be posted on the Facebook page of the Schisler Museum of Wildlife & Natural History and McMunn Planetarium by 8 p.m. on the night of the event. The Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium will remain open 8–9 p.m. regardless of cancellation of the observatory program.