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      CofC Observatory opens Friday for public to see planets, moon

      CofC Observatory (CofC.edu)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The College of Charleston Observatory will be open Friday night for the public to try to spot Uranus, Jupiter and the moon in the night sky.Astronomers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be manning four eight-inch telescopes and the 16-inch telescope in the observatory dome.The observatory will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., free of charge.

      The views will be the usual "winter sky" but according to Astronomy Professor Laura Penny, Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye and the moon will make a late appearance. Uranus will be able to be viewed through their main 16-inch telescope.

      The portable planetarium will be running as well as demonstration rooms downstairs in the Hollings Science Center.Stargazers should enter the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center on 58 Coming Street and check in with the Society of Physics Students host. Children are welcome but no open-toe shoes are permitted on the observing deck.

      There will be more open houses on February 21, 2014 and March 21, 2014, but as the sunset times change, so will the times of the events.

      Visit{} www.cofc.edu/observatory for more information.

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