A moonlit night on October 27th was a pleasant way to get the Observatory back in action.
A crowd of between 250 and 300 gathered for the Grand Re-Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on September 8, 2017. Following the moving remarks of President Sakaki and the kind words of Provost Vollendorf and Dean Stauffer, Observatory Director Scott Severson directed the crowds attention to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Once the ribbon was cut, the observatory roof rolled open and the new facility was opened to the public. Despite the clouds rolling in, the crowd enjoyed the evening of photos, cocoa, cookies, a tour of the facility, an inflatable planetarium from the SSU Education and Public Outreach group, music and good conversation!
The Public Observing Nights of 2017-02-24 and 2017-03-03 were the last that the original home of SSU Observatory will see. In a pair of fun and busy nights, many students and members of the public got to visit the observatory before it undergoes a dramatic change! A new building will replace the 41 year old-structure. The next public viewing is scheduled for the Grand Reopening, Friday, September 8. Keep tuned for exciting details by checking the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the SSU Observatory Viewing Nights Schedule as the date approaches!
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