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July 15 , 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

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EMU observatory provides free, out of this world show

YPSILANTI - The view at Eastern Michigan University is out of this world!

            Families looking for free summer fun mixed with education will want to visit EMU’s observatory.    

EMU’s 14-foot long, 10-inch diameter refractor telescope will open up the sky, making the stars, planets and the moon much more visible and their colors more brilliant.

            Free viewing days are July 14 and 28 and August 11 and 25 at Sherzer Observatory around 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Access to the observatory is limited.

            “Star clusters are the ever-popular stars of summer and the colorful binary stars are real eye-catchers in the telescope,” said Norbert Vance, EMU observatory director. “Venus and Jupiter will be the two brightest objects in the sky.”

            Throughout July and August, Venus and Jupiter can be seen in the west after sunset, and they will appear to be near each other all August. The moon also will be something to see, said Vance.

            “The first quarter of the moon (July 28) is pretty to look at in the scope,” said Vance.

            As for the Milky Way, it’s nearly impossible to ever see it anywhere in Ypsilanti, he said, citing light pollution as the cause.

            The EMU Astronomy Club will host public stargazing sessions, following its 8:30 p.m. meetings at 402 Sherzer Hall. Visitors are welcome at the meetings and, if the skies are clear, viewing will be from the adjoining Sherzer Observatory telescope and on the roof.

            For more information on this and all club activities, call 734.487.3033 or 487.4146. The club’s Web site is www.physics.emich.edu/astrclub

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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