On-campus gazing 

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Across the universe: The public will have a chance to gaze at stars and planets at the telescope dome on the G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills six times this year, beginning May 24. | Photo by Fotolia

Come out to stargaze at Moraine Valley Community College as it hosts its series of telescope open viewing nights in 2013. This is the 11th year of public viewings with every year seeing an increase in attendance. Dates and times for this season’s open viewings include the following Fridays:

May 24 at 8:20 p.m. (changed from May 31)

June 14 at 8:45 p.m.

July 12 at 8:45 p.m.

Aug. 16 at 8:15 p.m.

Sept. 13 at 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Viewings will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or there are high winds.

All open viewings are held at the telescope dome on the G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck, located on the west side of the college’s Nature Study Area, off Kean Avenue near 107th Street.

Observers can park in lots east of Building P or in the west section of the Building D parking lot and then

walk on the path to the observation deck. For safety reasons, children not accompanied by an adult or supervisor will be turned away.

Tom McCague, retired associate professor, hosts the viewings. An amateur astronomer for more than 40 years, McCague built the telescope using common hardware store items and donated it to the college. The telescope is a 6½-foot Newtonian reflecting model with a 13-inch diameter.

Because of the outdoor location of the telescope, observers are reminded to dress for the

weather and bring binoculars if they have them.

For more information, call Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley public relations generalist, at (708) 974-

5742, email VizzaM@morainevalley.edu or visit morainevalley.edu/naturestudy/events.htm.