Beauty and the Beast!

Planetarium and Observatory Open House



Friday, April 23, 2004

7:30-10:30 PM

Planetarium E300,
Math and Science Center
400 Dowman Drive
Jupiter. 03/07/04. Emory Observatory.
(photo: H. Dale)

You and all members of the Emory community (Emory faculty, staff, families, students and your guests) are cordially invited to stop by the Emory Planetarium and Observatory between 7:30PM and 10:30PM during the evening of April 23, 2004 to check out Beautiful Venus and Beastly Jupiter.  .

We here in the Physics Department have been patiently waiting for brilliant Venus to move into perfect position for a great view.  And the end of April should be as perfect as possible for 2004 with the planet presenting a picture-perfect crescent phase .  Higher in the evening sky is giant Jupiter , larger and more massive than all the other planets combined.  With colorful cloud bands and belts circling the giant, and four visible moons (of 61 total) orbiting around, gargantuan Jupiter might convince you that the "beast" is as beautiful as any planet in the heavens.

We'll begin in the Planetarium where you will be able to view a live video feed of the planets transmitted directly from the 24-inch reflector in our rooftop observatory.  (Weather permitting, of course; otherwise you will get to enjoy some of the very recently recorded video from the observatory).

Then, you can go up to the Observation Deck where you will have an opportunity to look directly through one of our smaller telescopes, including the recently acquired Takahashi refractor.    Our telescopes will be set up from 7:30 PM until 10:30 PM for your viewing pleasure.

No RSVP is needed; just drop in and stay as long as you like.

Please remember that viewing is weather dependent .  We'll try our best to schedule a clear evening, but not even the best telescope can see through clouds.

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Information about Jupiter and Venus can be found at: