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New Meetup: Public Open Night at Boston University's Coit Observatory

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Monday, June 23, 2008 4:09 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Public Open Night at Boston University's Coit Observatory

When: July 2,[masked]:30 PM

Meetup Description: Coit Observatory at Boston University - Public Open Night
College of Arts and Sciences
725 Commonwealth Avenue

Start time: 8:30 pm in the summer

Open to General Public. Admission is free

From the site:
http://web.bu.edu/phpbin/calendar/event.php?id=30485&cid=17&oid=15

"A chance for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars, see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. Held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. To find out if the Open Night will be held, call the information number no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time [masked])".

I think the best way to arrange it is if we gather together at a nearby restaurant (still undetermined) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm near the College of Arts and Sciences. We can call the observatory at 6:30 pm while at the restaurant to see if it is open or not. If the observatory is closed, we can still have a social gathering, introducing ourselves to each other. If the observatory is open, we can walk over to the Coit Observatory together. Please email T.J. with any restaurant recommendations in the area where 10-15 people could hang out for a few hours. Check this space for details, two days before the event.


From the site:
http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/opennight.html

Public Open Night at the Observatory
The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting.

It is open to everyone. Starting times are 7:30pm during the Fall and Winter, and 8:30pm during the Spring and Summer. The program lasts about an hour.

Weather
The weather is always a factor when observing. Unfortunately we can't control the weather and we can't observe when there are clouds, haze, or rain; so when the weather is bad, the Open Night will be canceled. Predicting the weather in New England isn't easy, so we won't know if the Open Night will be held or not until the day of the program. To find out if the Open Night will be held, call our information number at[masked], no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. This lets us make the decision as late as possible while still giving those who live farther away time to get here.

Remember, it gets very cold in Boston in the Winter and the telescopes are outside, so dress warmly.

Location
The Public Open Night is held at the Coit Observatory at Boston University. We are located at 725 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, right above the Astronomy Department. The stairwell to the Observatory is on the fifth floor right next to room 520.

Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the Observatory.

Information
For information please feel free to call[masked]-2630.

Learn more here:
http://socialnetwork.meetup.com/718/calendar/8198995/

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