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"Autumnal Equinox and Jupiter approaching" astronomy event on September 23

All are invited to drop by the ONU Observatory between 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Frinday, September 23 for the second astronomy public event of the Fall season.

Organizers note, "This event is a celebration of the autumnal equinox (the start of autumn).  This year, the actual moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way south is on September 22--around 9 pm EST.

"After this date, the length of nighttime will surpass the length of daytime--which is good for skygazing. Saturn will make an excellent target for our telescopes.  Jupiter rises a little later but is even brighter than Saturn.  In fact, it will be at its brightest on September 26 when it is closest to the Earth (opposition)."

Maps to the ONU Observatory can be found HERE.

The forecast (as of 9/20) calls for mostly cloudy skies (90% overcast) and cool (53 F) weather. This would be too cloudy to observe. Organizers will post a definitive cancellation notice by Friday, 2:30 p.m. at


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