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Public Stargazing Sessions to Resume at Widener

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The Widener University Observatory opens its dome for public stargazing sessions.

The Widener University Observatory resumes its public stargazing sessions on Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.

All are invited to see the stars, planets and other celestial wonders using the observatory’s 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes. Widener astronomy professors, with assistance from undergraduate students, will be on hand to offer assistance.

Upcoming stargazing sessions include Monday twilight viewings on Sept. 14, 21 and 28 from 8-9 p.m. and Oct. 5, 12 and 19 from 7-8 p.m. In addition to the Friday, Sept. 11 viewing, the observatory will host a Friday evening session on Oct. 2 from 8-9 p.m.

The viewings will run throughout the 2015-16 academic year on Monday nights and one Friday night a month. For the schedule and to register, visit or call 610-499-4003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.

The Widener University Observatory will consider requests for group viewing sessions. Call 610-499-4003. 

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 private, 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 comprises 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 some 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website,