Rowan to hold Saturn programApril 18, 2006
The planet Saturn will be the target for a public observing session the evening of Friday, April 21, at Rowan University. Telescopes will be set up to view the ringed giant, now in good viewing location high in the southwestern sky after sunset. The event is free and open to the public; viewing will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Saturn is one of the most photogenic objects in the night sky. Visitors will be able to see the multiple rings surrounding the planet and may glimpse one or two of its large moons. Visitors may also be able to see the International Space Station make a bright pass over southern New Jersey.
The observatory is located on the fourth floor of the Science Hall, on the north side of Route 322. Visitors may park in parking lot A at the northwest edge of the campus, and walk the short distance southeast to the Science Hall. The elevator at the western side of the building goes directly to the observatory.
The Rowan Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Edelman Planetarium are sponsoring the viewing. Information about astronomical events at Rowan University can be obtained at http://www.rowan.edu/ planetarium.