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Public stargazing sessions resume



The Widener University Observatory has resumed its public stargazing sessions. 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 for the spring semester include Monday twilight viewings on Jan. 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; March 13, 20 and 27 from 8-9 p.m.; April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.; and May 1, 8 and 15 from 9-10 p.m. Friday evening sessions are also held the first Friday of every month beginning Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.

For the complete schedule and to register, visit e-mail Theresa Sminkey at Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.

The Widener University Observatory will consider requests for group viewing sessions. E-mail Sminkey for details. 

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 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 has campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website,