MISSOULA – Due to popular demand, the University of Montana’s Blue Mountain Observatory will offer an additional public night of astronomical observing on Friday, July 28.
Visitors are invited to explore planets, nebulas, star clusters and distant galaxies. Attendees are asked to reserve a free ticket for each person in their group via Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2ruw9oK. Some tickets for viewing on Sept. 15 and 22 also are still available, but all other summer dates are sold out.
Viewing events are family-friendly and children are welcome. The observatory, located atop Blue Mountain at an elevation of 6,300 feet, is operated by UM. Astronomers from UM and the Western Montana Astronomical Association will be on hand at all events to talk about what’s visible through the telescopes, point out constellations, show attendees how to find interesting celestial objects with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars and discuss recent astronomical discoveries.
Observing begins about an hour after sunset, and organizers recommend bringing warm clothes for cool evenings and a flashlight for the short walk to the observatory from the parking area.
A link to Eventbrite, a map, directions to the observatory and complete observing information are available at http://hs.umt.edu/physics/Blue_Mountain_Observatory/. Viewing nights will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or fire or thunderstorms threaten visibility. Call 406-243-4299 or check https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainObservatory for weather and cancellation updates.
For more information email Diane Friend, UM astronomy lecturer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-243-4229.