Seeing stars at C of C observatory's open house

Image by Image: Steve Crane; Video: Geoff Marshall/TheDigitelImage by 20090217-venus.jpg

A telescope in Charleston? Bet you didn’t know that … did you? Neither did I. Which is why when we got word of an observatory down at the College of Charleston we had to go and check it out.

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy generally holds a public open house meeting on the first Friday each month during the academic year. (There isn’t one in March though, so the next date is Friday, April 3. Here’s a full list of upcoming dates.)

Providing the weather is good, the observatory and observing deck are open to the general public. Inside, students will help guide you to the deck, as well as point out the other science demonstrations that are taking place — there’s even a huge inflatable planetarium which rather appealed to us.

We sent along out esteemed videographer Geoff Marshall to go see some stars last Friday, February 6.

Oh, and if you want the tech specs on the observatory, you can get them here.