October Skies

Planetarium & Observatory Drop In Plus, the Cassegrain Telescope's Birthday Bash



Friday, October 1, 2004

Drop in any time between 8:00 and 11:00PM

Emory Planetarium, Math and Science Center
400 Dowman Drive

This is what it looked like on the night of October 1, 2002 in front of the Math and Science Center. A crane was needed to lift parts of the Cassegrain telescope into the dome high above.
An invitation from
Dr. Rick Williamon:

Friday October 1, 2004 marks the second birthday of our magnificent Cassegrain Telescope. Just two short years ago, we watched awe struck during a long night and well into the morning as we saw this remarkable instrument lowered, piece by piece, into the observatory dome and assembled. And, we had the thrill of seeing "first light" images soon thereafter.

The base is carefully lowered into the dome.

To celebrate this memorable event and have fun observing the October skies, please join us for a Planetarium & Observatory Drop in on Friday, October 1, 2004.

With the heat and humidity of summer finally behind us and the clear skies of October approaching, we’re all set to enjoy the celestial wonders of fall. October 2004 will be devoid of planets during the early evening but colorful double stars, star clusters and even a galaxy await you.

Just drop into the Planetarium any time between 8:00 and 11:00 PM. We’ll have telescopes set up on the observation deck for your star gazing pleasure, and the Cassegrain will be available as well. Members of the Physics Department and Astronomy Club will be on hand to guide you through the evening.

The Cassegrain's base enters through the dome's aperture
and is safely inside.

A happy Dr. Rick Williamon.

We're planning on having birthday cake and refreshments on sale to benefit the Astronomy Club and our future programs. So, come and celebrate the beauties of the season and say “happy birthday” to our favorite toddler.

Now, for the rest of it.
This event is free and open to all members of the Emory community—including your family and friends. (Children are always welcome.)

P.S. To see images captured by the Cassegrain and our talented faculty and staff members since it’s installation, click on the link below:

Observatory Image Gallery

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