Albion Offers Day and Night Stargazing to Public

Albion College physics professor Nicolle Zellner will open the Baird Astronomy Observation Deck’s telescope on the roof of the Palenske Hall to the public for solar and night observing on June 22 and 23.

The telescope will be available from 3-4 p.m. for solar observing and from 10-11 p.m. for night observing, weather permitting. Interesting objects in the night sky include Saturn, the binary star Albireo, and the globular cluster M13, among others. Zellner noted that the International Space Station is scheduled to fly overhead on one of the days, as well.

The 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.

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.