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2005 Astronomy Events
Local Events at the University of Mississippi
- 11/11: Open House and Observation:Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss is holding an open house for the general
public. We will be observing the Moon (a great view in this season), Mars, the Pleiades, and other interesting objects
with the observatory's telescopes. This event is open for everyone from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Mars will be at its
all-time best at the later part of this time interval. In case someone is interested in Venus, we'll have one telescope
out starting 5:30 pm. Venus goes down before 6 o'clock. Families and children are especially welcome!
- 10/14: Open House and Observation: Kennon
Observatory open house for the general public, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.
We'll observe Venus, the Moon, Mars, and other celestial objects.
Venus will be only visible a short time after sunset, it sets early (around 8:00).
Mars comes up only late, after 9:30. The two planets cannot be observed at the same time.
This piece of information may help everyone to plan their visit. Individuals, children or families
are all welcome. This event can, of course, only be held if the clouds permit!
- 06/17: Open House and Observation: Kennon
Observatory open house for the general public, from 8:30 to 10:00 pm.
We will be observing the Moon, Jupiter and other celestial objects
with the observatory's telescopes. Individuals, children or families
are all welcome. Of course, the event will take place only if the clouds
- 04/15: Open House and Observation:
Kennon Observatory open house for the general public, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.
We will be observing the Moon (a great view these days), Jupiter and Saturn,
and other interesting objects with the observatory's telescopes.
Families and children are especially welcome! The event is weather permitting,
and will only be held if no clouds
cover the Moon.
- 02/25: Open House and Observation: We are planning to hold
an open house on Friday, Feb. 25, weather permitting, from 7:00
The moon is two days past full, and we'll be looking at Saturn and
other objects of interest. Children and families are welcome!
Astronomy Events by Date
- April 22nd: Meteors: The annual Lyrid meteor
shower peaks this Friday morning, when Earth glides through a stream
of debris trailing
Comet Thatcher. If you live in the Northern hemisphere, go outside
two hours before dawn and watch the sky until sunrise. You might see
from the vicinity of the bright star Vega (spaceweather)
- April 8th: Partial Solar Eclipse: About 20% in our area,
in the evening (S&T)
- January: Asteroids: 8 Flora and 532 Herculina are near Saturn
and easily visible (S&T)
- January: Meteors: The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak on
Jan 3rd (S&T)
- January: Comet Machholz: The comet is visible with
the naked eye, in good viewing conditions (space, S&T,
- 2005 Preview: Highlights of noteworthy events (space,
(see also the Sky & Telescope observing
page and the Spaceweather
General Articles on Sky Observation
- Visible Objects: What is really visible in the night
sky from Earth? (space)