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UGA observatory offers Thursday night viewing of meteor shower, the Leonids

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia department of physics and astronomy in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will host its monthly observatory open house Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the physics and astronomy building.

The switch from the usual open house day of Friday to Thursday this month is due to the appearance of a meteor shower, the Leonids, which will peak later in the evening or the following morning. It is best viewed from darker locations outside the city; however, open house visitors to the Observatory may get a glimpse of the meteor shower.

Jupiter and Andromeda also will be visible during the open house. Faculty and students from the physics and astronomy department will be on hand to point out sightings and answer visitors’ questions.

Free parking is available immediately to the north and west of the building, which is located at the corner of Cedar Street and Sanford Drive.

Observatory open houses are held monthly during fall and spring semesters. The next open house is scheduled for Dec. 2. For more information, see