|UND observatory to host community open house|
The Department of Space Studies will host an open house Saturday, Aug. 26, for UND and Greater Grand Forks communities. It will highlight the observatory's astronomical equipment, including a newly built radio telescope, and demonstrates to the community the observatory's evolving capabilities. Visitors will also be able to view live images of the Sun through a telescope, talk with UND students conducting astronomical research, and learn about plans for a $3 million observatory at the site. Food and beverages will be provided.
The open house will begin at noon and will continue into the evening. A star party will be held beginning at dusk and will continue through midnight.
For more information, contact Paul Hardersen at (701) 777-4896 or via e-mail at Hardersen@space.edu. Directions to the observatory: drive west of Grand Forks on Highway 2 until passing Mile Marker 346. Take a left onto a gravel road into Oakville Township. Drive until crossing railroad tracks and arrive at a T-intersection. Turn right. Drive about one-half mile and turn at the first left. Drive another one-half mile and the observatory is on the left side of the road.