October 10 – Millikin University will host public observation nights at Requarth Obersvatory each Thursday evening throughout the fall semester, beginning this week.
Weather permitting, the observation nights run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The star-gazing will take place under the direction of student and faculty astronomers.
“Public observation nights offer members of the Millikin University and Decatur communities the chance to view the night sky through some of the best astronomy equipment in the state, including the largest publicly available telescope in Illinois,” said Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
“They’re also wonderful for our guests who have a chance to see and learn about objects as they may never have otherwise. We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this opportunity.”
The Requarth Observatory is located on the fifth floor of the Leighty-Tabor Science Center just off Fairview Avenue. In addition to the main telescope, the science center also features an observation deck on the fifth floor that surrounds the base of the dome.