(Hastings, Neb.) – This Saturday, October 12, the Hastings College Sachtleben Observatory will offer a viewing session for International Observe the Moon Night. The observatory will open at 8 pm, and an introductory program will begin at 8:30 pm, with viewing held afterward and lasting until 10 pm.
The session is free and open to public.
“The Moon is far and away the most detailed object we can see in the sky through a telescope. It's amazing how many craters, mountains and other features you can see. The Moon will be at First Quarter phase, which is a great time to look at it,” said observatory program coordinator Dan Glomski.
The introductory program will include videos and demonstrations explaining the Moon's features and behavior. Light refreshments will be available during and after the program.
The program and viewing session are offered weather permitting and will be cancelled if skies are cloudy. For updates, please call StarLine, the observatory's recorded voicemail message, at 402.462.7378 after 5 pm on Oct. 12. Facebook users can also check out the observatory's page for updates.
The Observatory is at 4725 S. Wabash Ave., in Hastings. For directions and map, visit hastings.edu/observatory.
For more information regarding International Observe the Moon Night, please see observethemoonnight.org.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit Hastings.edu for more.