Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Astronomy Open House at Texas A&M-Kingsville Sept. 24 Welcomes Autumnal Equinox, Harvest Moon

KINGSVILLE - September 17, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

The autumnal equinox and the beginnings of the harvest moon are the focus of the next Astronomy Open House at Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 24.

The autumnal equinox begins this year at 5:18 EDT Sept. 22, when the sun’s position drops below the equator. The nearest full moon to this is called the harvest moon, and it occurs near the first of October.

Objects scheduled to be viewed at the Astronomy Open House include the Moon and other autumn wonders of the night sky as summer turns to winter.

The free public viewing will take place at the university’s 16-inch telescope in Lon C. Hill Hall. Parking is available behind the Memorial Student Union Building, on the corner of Santa Gertrudis Avenue and University Boulevard. Hill Hall is the aluminum-domed building adjacent to the parking lot.

For more information, call 361-593-2622.


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