Saturn, a planetary nebula, and a cluster of stars to be viewed at Osten Observatory Open House

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SEWARD, NE (09/21/2017) The Moon, the planets Mars and Jupiter and the Orion Nebula will be viewed at a special open house Oct. 5 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Osten Observatory near Concordia University, Nebraska's campus.

"There's nothing like seeing Saturn with your own eyes through a telescope," said Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics. "Seeing the detail in the rings and on the planet look the way you see it in pictures is very exciting."

Dr. Hermann will provide a brief explanation of each object and will answer questions from attendees. There is no set program and visitors are urged to check the weather before they arrive as it can change quickly. If the sky is cloudy, or if it is very windy at the time the observatory is scheduled to open, the viewing will be cancelled for the night.

The observatory is located on the northeast corner of Concordia's campus on East Hill Crest Drive in Seward. Visitors should be prepared to walk across a short length of field as the path to the observatory is not paved. There is also a step up to be able to reach the telescope. There is no charge for admission.

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