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UNI opens observatory to the public

August 23, 2012

Siobahn Morgan, department head & professor, earth science, 319-273-2389,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will open its observatory to the public for free shows beginning at 9 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 30, in 137 McCollum Science Hall. These shows give individuals the opportunity to learn about the objects in the night sky and view the planets through the earth science telescope. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

"This is a great chance to learn about what is in the sky and a chance to see some objects that are only visible through a telescope, such as the moons of Jupiter or a distant galaxy," said Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor in earth science. "People tend to be surprised how detailed features such as those on the surface of the moon will appear through the telescope."

Observatory shows will go on as planned regardless of weather conditions. On cloudier nights, participants will have the opportunity to tour the observatory and learn about the workings of the telescope.

Observatory shows are scheduled every Thursday until Thanksgiving break, following the first Aug. 30 show. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or or visit