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September 1, 2016

Observatory open house set

Allegheny Observatory will hold its annual open house this year on Oct. 7. The observatory, in Riverview Park at 159 Riverview Ave. on the North Side, is a working astronomical research institution operated by the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. During the open house, the observatory’s 30-inch Thaw refracting telescope will be reconfigured for visual use by visitors, and the photographic plate vault, containing close to 500,000 images from 1914-85, will be open for viewing.

Volunteers from the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will set up portable telescopes on the front lawn for open house attendees. The two-hour tours begin at 7 p.m., with the final tour ending at 10 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets can be obtained by calling the observatory at 412-321-2400 weekdays 1-5 p.m. Attendance is limited and the tours usually fill up, so early reservations are advised.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 49 issue 1

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