students, faculty to host Public Observation Nights at Requarth
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[August 30, 2014]
- Millikin University will be hosting Public Observation Nights (PON)
at Requarth Observatory each Tuesday evening during the fall 2014
semester from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. The first Public Observation Night
will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. (weather permitting).
Stargazing will take place on the roof of the Leighty-Tabor
Science Center on Millikin's campus under the direction of student
and faculty astronomers. PONs serve as a great way for Millikin
physics and astronomy students to showcase some of their work and
the facilities that they use and maintain for their research.
"Public Observation Nights offer members of the Millikin University
and Decatur communities the chance to view the night sky through
some of the best astronomy equipment in the state, including the
largest publicly available telescope in Illinois," said Dr. Casey
Watson, resident astrophysicist and associate professor of physics
at Millikin. "They give our guests a chance to see and learn about
the wonders of the night sky in ways they may never have otherwise.
We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this
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Requarth Observatory is housed on the fifth and sixth floors
of Leighty-Tabor Science Center just off Fairview Avenue in
Decatur. For more information, contact Dr. Casey Watson at
217.424.6271 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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