Rowan hosts comet open house, marks International Year of AstronomyFebruary 23, 2009
The Rowan University Astronomy Club and the Department of Physics and Astronomy will host an observatory open house on Tuesday, February 24 between 9 p.m. and midnight. Guests are invited to view several celestial objects, including Saturn and the comet Lulin. The Comet Lulin is a green comet that has been covered by the media extensively. On Tuesday, Saturn and Comet Lulin will converge in the constellation Leo only 2 degrees apart. At the same time, Comet Lulin will be making its closest approach to Earth - the comet at its best. This opportunity to view the Comet Lulin is aided by clearer weather forecasts for the early morning hours and evening.
This is the first event held by Rowan University to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. The world will celebrate 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. Activities at Rowan this year include several observatory open houses, planetarium shows, public lectures, and other commemorations. The observatory is on the top floor of Science Hall at the Glassboro campus.