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Widener to Host Special Stargazing Night for Teachers November 12

The Widener University Observatory invites area teachers through the secondary level – and their family members - to a special stargazing session using the observatory’s 16-inch computerized reflecting telescope. The session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m., with a rain date of Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Interested teachers can register by calling 610-499-4003 or e-mailing This free session is designed to give teachers an up-close look at the moon, planets and stars so that they can later share their experience with students.roof dome of observatory

Upcoming stargazing sessions open to the general public include Monday twilight viewings on Nov. 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 and 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. in addition to a Friday night viewing on Dec. 6 from 8 to 9 p.m.

To register for these free public stargazing sessions, visit or call 610-499-4003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.

The Widener University Observatory is located on the 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall on 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester, Pa.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,