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Mabee Observatory at Bethel College opens for "The Summer Sky"

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.- Bethel College's Mabee Observatory in North Newton will be open to the public from 10 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2 for night sky viewing. The theme of the program is "The Summer Sky." Admission is free and open to the public. New to the campus last fall, the 16" telescope will allow sky watchers to see several objects in the summer sky. Tracy Tuttle is the observatory's director and coordinator.

"We'll be seeing some beautiful features of the summer sky on what will probably be a warm summer evening," Tuttle says. "There will be some stunning galaxies in the constellations Virgo, Ursa Major and Andromeda, a couple of leftover gas shells from dying stars, known as planetary nebulae, and also the jewels of the summer sky-globular clusters. With the waxing crescent moon and an exotic star known as a carbon star also appearing, we'll be all set for a fantastic show."

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

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