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 The Emory Observatory anytime between 8PM and 10:30PM during the evening of April 11, 2008 to check out beautiful Saturn as well as our first quarter Moon. We here in the Physics Department have been patiently waiting for a perfect Friday evening, and April 11 will be as perfect as possible for Spring 2008. The rings of Saturn are nicely tilted and we should be able to see bluish colored cloud bands on the planet which have been blocked by the rings for past several years. Both the Moon and Saturn are in perfect position for viewing starting just after sunset
We'll begin in the planetarium where you will be able to view a high quality live video feed directly from the observatory. After pointing out some of the fine details to look for, you will be invited to visit the observatory and view either the Moon or Saturn through an eyepiece at the 24-inch telescope. (Weather permitting, of course; otherwise you will get to enjoy some of the very recently recorded video from the observatory). This is not a planetarium show and no RSVP is needed; just drop in to see the live Moon or Saturn image. Here in the planetarium a member of the Physics Department will be on hand to point out details such as structure and gaps in the rings or storms and shadows on the disc of the planet. We will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.
We also plan to have several telescopes set up and available for you to look through located on the rooftop observing deck. In addition, to make certain you have enough energy for all the activity, the Emory astronomy club members plan to have reasonably priced homemade snacks and drinks to keep you fortified.
Information about Saturn can be found:
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Director of the Emory Planetarium and Observatory