High School Science Teacher Johnny Garcia will be opening the Observatory on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. If you, or your children are interested in Astronomy, this will be a wonderful opportunity to look at at Jupiter (low on horizon), Saturn, M13 (a beautiful globular cluster), M57 (a wonderful planetary nebula pictured below), and many other deep sky objects such as interstellar nebula's and open clusters in the constellation Sagittarius, and Galaxies in Ursa Major and Andromeda.
"I think we will have a very good viewing night," says Garcia.
The Herold Observatory is a wonder part of our community here in Onalaska. The Observatory houses a 24" telescope that was specifically engineered to be low to the ground to make it easier for school age astronomers, as well as college students and adults, to see the wonders of the night sky. All viewing is from a standard chair on rollers - no step ladders or risers needed here! The chair is rolled out of the way when wheelchair use is desired.
The observatory is open when weather is clear and there is enough notice. Visit the Observatory's webpage for directions, a map, and calendar showing which days the Observatory will be open. https://sites.google.com/a/onysd.wednet.edu/observatory/
Herold Observatory is in the Onalaska Elementary-Middle School complex (6th St W). To the right of the red building's mural, there is an opening in the fence about midway along the fence. After going through this opening, walk across the soccer field to the dome. There is also a neon open sign visible from Carlisle Ave.
This is an especially great time to spark some interest in the sky. This year, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Here in our Onalaska, we will witness about a 95% eclipse. That will be quite a site to see! For more information on the eclipse, visit : https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/centralia or https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
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