The College of Charleston Observatory (58 Coming Street) will be open to the public on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m. There is no cost for this event and children are welcome. More information about the event.

Astronomy Professor Laura Penny says stargazers should be able to see Venus, the Moon, possibly Uranus, and possibly Neptune.

Astronomers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be manning four eight-inch telescopes and the 16-inch telescope in the observatory dome. They will be able to answer any questions observers have while gazing.

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Stargazers should enter the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center (58 Coming Street) through the Coming Street entrance and check in with the Society of Physics Students host, who will direct you to the location of the indoor and outdoor activities. Please note open-toe shoes are not permitted on the observing deck and if you plan to bring a large group (10 or more), or if you will need special accommodations, please contact Chris True at or 843-953-2031.

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy will hold several more open houses at the Observatory, however as the sunset times change, the times for this event will also change.