Albion College physics professor Nicolle Zellner will open the telescope on the roof of the College’s Palenske Hall to the public for solar and night observing on June 21 and 22 and July 12. The telescope will be available from 3-4 p.m. for solar observing and from 9:45-11 p.m. for night observing, weather permitting. Interesting objects in the night sky include Saturn, Mars, the binary star Albireo, and the globular cluster M13, among others.
June dates coincide with the Albion’s Grandparents College program as grandparents and grandchildren ages 8-12 come together on campus for a 3-day educational experience while spending time together in the residence halls, in the dining commons, and in the classrooms.
The July date coincides with the Great Lakes Leadership Academy’s Emerging Leaders Program which will visit Albion's Bellemont Manor under the direction of Grounds Supervisor Mark Frever.
This event is free and open to the public. Palenske Hall is located at the corner of East Michigan Avenue and Hannah Street. The telescope will not be open in the case of rain, and viewing will be limited in the case of clouds; call Campus Safety at 517-629-0213 to confirm whether the telescope will be open.