View planet Uranus at the Friedman Observatory
On September 10th the large blue-green planet known as Uranus will be at its closest approach to Earth and the best place to see this planetary occurrence will be at the Friedman Observatory at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Known as the seventh planet from the sun, this impressive planet shines non-stop within our solar system like a blue gem. Originating from Greek mythology, the planet is named after the god of the heavens Uranus.
Established in 1990 through the generosity of Sidney and Pauly Friedman, the well equipped Observatory has a computerized 16” Meade LX200GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, the largest one of its kind in the area. With this type of technology, you’ll be able to participate in this fun galactic event, and view the first planet discovered in modern times.
The Friedman Observatory is open to the public and the Penn State community on clear Monday nights beginning at 9:00PM Daylight Savings Time and then at 8:00PM Standard Time. Weather permitting, aspiring astronomers will get the chance see Uranus at Opposition.
For more information about the Friedman Observatory, contact Dr. Thomas Winter at 570.675.9278.