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UGA observatory open house features Cygnus’ Albireo

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia department of physics and astronomy will host its first monthly observatory open house of the 2011-12 stargazing season on Sept. 23, from 9 – 10 p.m. on the fourth floor of the physics building.

If the skies are clear, observers will be able to see various constellations and other astronomical sights. In addition, several telescopes will be trained on such stars as Albireo, which is a set of two stars in the constellation of Cygnus. Faculty and students from the physics and astronomy department will be on hand to point out sightings and answer visitors’ questions.

If cloudy skies prevail, Scott Shaw, emeritus professor in the physics and astronomy department, will deliver a talk on “Dark Matter” in the main lecture hall, room 202, in the physics building.
Free parking is available immediately to the west and south of the building.

Observatory open houses are held monthly during fall and spring semesters. Upcoming open houses will be held Oct. 21, Nov. 17 and Dec. 2. For more information, see www.physast.uga.edu/observatory/schedule.