Planetarium & Observatory Drop
Plus, the Cassegrain Telescope's Birthday Bash
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 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.
you would like to join our e-mail astronomy event list, please
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
Observatory Image Gallery