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WSU Observatory Open
Start Date: 11/8/2018Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 11/8/2018End Time: 9:30 PM
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Event Description:

WSU Observatory Fall Schedule 2018 Open on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month – if skies are CLEAR!!

Oct 11th, Oct 25th, Nov 8th 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Located on the roof of Minné Hall, WSU main campus All events are WEATHER DEPENDENT – if it is raining, snowing, cloudy, too windy, or we have staffing issues, the event will be cancelled.

Please check Twitter after 5 pm to find out if we will be open that evening

Wear sturdy shoes, clothes you can climb a ladder in, and a jacket – it is colder and windier up on the roof.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

How do you get to the Observatory? Go up to the third floor of Minné Hall. Take a left. The Observatory door is the first door on your left. Go up the spiral staircase and out onto the roof. You will need to climb a short ladder to get into the observatory itself from the roof. If the observatory is open, there will be a red light on the outside of the observatory on the roof of Minné Hall that you can see from the center of campus. If you don’t see a red light, then we are not open!

What might you see at the Observatory? Saturn and Mars will be especially prominent in the night sky this fall. You may also get to see the Moon or Jupiter. Deep Sky objects include the Andromeda Galaxy, the Ring Nebula, the Hercules Star Cluster, and much more! In a given night, you can expect to see at least three objects.

What kind of telescopes are up there? We have a Meade 12” reflecting telescope in the main dome. We also have two Meade 8” telescopes set up on the roof. Feel free to bring binoculars.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer L.B. Anderson if you have any questions (

Location Information:
Winona State University - Minné Hall  (View Map)
175 West Mark Street
Winona, MN 55987
Room: WSU Observatory
Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Jennifer L.B. Anderson

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