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2006 Astronomy Events

Local Events at the University of Mississippi

  • 11/08: Transit of Mercury: The transit of Mercury will be observed for the various Astromnomy classes. ngress is at 1:12 pm, and the transit lasts until the Sun goes down (vanishes behind the trees around 4:30 pm). Mercury is tiny (10 arcseconds), you'll need a (filtered) telescope to see it as a tiny black disk in the face of the Sun.
  • 10/23: Open House and Observation: Kennon Observatory open house for the general public, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. We are offering an open house at Kennon observatory on Friday (Oct. 27) from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. We will be looking at the Moon, double stars, a globular cluster; Uranus and Neptune. This event will be open for the general public, families and children are welcome! Observation can be done only weather permitting. Should the sky be cloudy, we will present a few physics demonstrations in the astronomy laboratory.
  • 03/03: Open House and Observation: Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss is holding an open house for the general public. We will be observing the Moon, Saturn, and other interesting objects with the observatory's telescopes. This event is open for everyone from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Families and children are especially welcome! As we all know the weather changes on short notice in Oxford all the time, the event is WEATHER PERMITTING, and is only held if no clouds cover the Moon.


General Articles on Sky Observation

  • Visible Objects: What is really visible in the night sky from Earth? (space)


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