The telescopes of the Bucknell Observatory will be open to the community to view the sights of the night sky — including newborn stars, star clusters, and our very own Moon — during “Family Night” on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Local artist KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner will sing songs of the stars for kids of all ages several times during the evening, and physics & astronomy professor Ned Ladd will present a family-friendly talk entitled “How to Go to Space.” Children can construct their own spaceships and learn about space travel.
The telescopes, including the 1887 Alvin Clark refractor and the modern telescopes of the Tressler Observing Lab, will be open for observing after the talk (weather permitting). Bucknell students and staff will be on hand to assist with the observing and point out constellations.
The Bucknell Observatory is located at the southern end of the Bucknell University campus, just uphill from the Christy Mathewson stadium.