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"It's a wonderful thing when the community comes out and uses the facility they helped to build."
NMC ASTRONOMY INSTRUCTOR
Students from the NMC Astronomy Club and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society host public viewing nights at Rogers Observatory.
The admission fee is $2 per person, or $5 per family.
2015 public viewing schedule:
- Friday, January 2, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, February 6, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, March 6, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, April 3, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, May 1, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, June 5, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, July 3, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, August 7, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, September 4, 9–11 p.m. *
- Total Lunar Eclipse, Sunday, September 27, 9 p.m.–Midnight
- NOTE: This viewing will only be held if the skies are clear.
- Friday, October 2, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, November 6, 9–11 p.m. *
- Friday, December 4, 9–11 p.m. *
* Open viewings are held after each Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) meeting. The GTAS holds a meeting the first Friday of each month, beginning with a board session from 7–8 p.m. followed by a general meeting (usually including a presentation) from 8–9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The Rogers Observatory is about five miles south of NMC's main campus, at 1753 Birmley Road.