UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Observatory

Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewing
Fall 2014

The talks will be held in 271 Centennial Science Hall and, if the night is clear, the observatory viewing sessions will be on the 3rd floor deck of CSH.  Both are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.  People can call 715-425-3560 or log onto http://www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Observatory.cfm after 6 PM on the day to see wheather the night is clear enough for viewing but the talk will go on as scheduled.  Contact Eileen Korenicmail (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edu) for information on pre-observatory talks and Glenn Spiczakmail (glenn.spiczak@uwrf.edu) for observatory information.

Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars.  The presenter for talks will be Eileen Korenic.

Wednesday, September 24   8:00 PM      "Why Tom Hanks Wasn't Really Lost in Castaway:  The Sun's Analemma"
                                                8:30 PM        Telescopes (almost new moon)

Wednesday, October 29        8:00 PM      "The 100th Anniversary of the HR Diagram:  How the Stars Got Their 'Spots'"
                                                8:30 PM        Telescope (almost 1st quarter)

Tuesday, November 18          8:00 PM       "Astronomy and Christmas:  A Collection of Presents"
                                                8:30 PM         Telescopes (past 3rd quarter)

 

Observatory

Observing Tips | Stargazing Links

The Observatory is on the 3rd floor, Centennial Science Hall (CSH), at the corner of 6th and Cascade. Sessions are free and open to the public. 

If you would like to be on our "stargazers" email distribution list, send an email from the address with which you wish to subscribe to listserv@lists.uwrf.edu with the following message body:
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For observing, use the outside Observatory stairwell near the south door of CSH if/when it is open to avoid disturbing the sky above with light and heat from inside. Otherwise, use the nearby CSH entrance.

If you need assistance or elevator access to the 3rd floor, please let us know (elevator keying is required). Talks are in 271 CSH on the opposite side of the building, closest to the north entrance.

Weather conditions necessary for viewing: The sky should be almost completely clear, so look up before you leave home. Generally, we will cancel a session by 5 p.m. and post our decision here to allow for adequate setup time.  We will always plan to present the talk.

Our decision is a best guess based on current satellite images and forecasts, but occasionally we are fooled and request your forgiveness. Check this site or call 715-425-3560 for the latest update.

Feel free to make your own weather prediction using weather.com
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Observatory pictures from October 8 viewing.  Objects seen included planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars.

Photos by:  Kathy M Helgeson/UWRF Communications