UPDATE: Braving the cold (temperatures in the mid-20s), 17 folks visited the observatory and all were treated to our usual outstanding views of our Moon. Determined by timing and other factors, visitors also saw combinations of other objects: Uranus, stars of the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, and the delicate beauty of the Orion Nebula.
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on Saturday, December 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The Moon and planet Uranus, and the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters are to be featured during this, the final observatory event for the year. Visitors should bundle up; the observatory is unheated and Saturday’s forecast calls for frigid temperatures!
No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open.
The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.