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Mabee Observatory at Bethel College open for celestial viewing Nov. 8 and 9

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.- Mabee Observatory will be open to the public from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9 for night sky viewing. The theme of the program is "The Moon and Mr. Messier." Mabee Observatory is located in Krehbiel Science Center at Bethel College, North Newton. "I invite everyone to enjoy some wonderful deep sky education and public observing through the 16" telescope of the Mabee Observatory," says Tracy Tuttle, who is the observatory's acting director and coordinator.

"We will be looking first at the waxing crescent moon, just four days old, and viewing lunar mountains, valleys and craters. Then we will be having a deep sky viewing, a 'Messier Fest,' with hopes of seeing as many 'messier' objects as time and sky conditions allow," Tuttle says.

Messier objects, according to Tuttle, are faint, remote objects which were cataloged initially by the French astronomer Charles Messier, who lived from 1730 to 1817.

There will also be an ongoing video presentation of the messier objects as well as other displays.

Mabee Observatory is located on the fourth floor of Krehbiel Science Center and is accessible by elevator. Wear warm layered clothing.

Additional public viewings are planned for Dec. 6 and 7 and Jan. 3 and 4. For information, see the website at

The telescope in Mabee Observatory, which opened earlier this month, is the newest model GPS (Global Positioning System) LX200, Equatorial Mount, Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope from Meade Corporation. It boasts the largest production aperture currently available and is equipped with Ultra High Transmission Coating (UHTC) optics.

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