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UGA observatory offers viewings of Jupiter, Andromeda and meteor shower

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia department of physics and astronomy will host its monthly observatory open house on Oct. 21 starting at 8:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the physics building.

If clear skies prevail, stargazers will be able to see the planet Jupiter, the large galaxy Andromeda, and a myriad of stars and constellations. In addition, the Orionid meteor shower will peak that night, and while it is best viewed from darker locations outside the city and later in the night, visitors to the observatory open house may be able to sight a meteor.
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.  Future open houses are Nov. 17 and Dec. 2. For more information, see