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July 18, 2013

Observatory open for star viewings

Woodward, Okla. — FREEDOM--Weather permitting, the public will have the opportunity to view the stars this weekend at the Selman Living Laboratory Observatory.

Several telescopes will be set up at the observatory for public use this Friday and Saturday night as long as the sky is clear.

If weather should cancel this weekend's viewings or you are just unable to attend, additional public viewings have been slated for July 26, and 27.

The viewings will begin around 9:30 p.m., when the sky becomes dark enough for objects to be seen through the telescopes.

There are picnic tables at the site, but participants are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs for more comfortable seating if they choose.

Participants are also encouraged to dress warm to combat the usual steady breeze and dampness from dew at the observatory site.  Bug repellent is also highly recommended.

Those driving to the observatory site are urged to use caution as there is a lot of wildlife in the area and the road conditions along E/W 21 are not always optimal.  

The observatory is located southwest of Freedom, approximately 6.5 miles west of Highway 50 off of County Road E/W 21.

For more specific directions and more information about the SLL Observatory, visit www.nwosu.edu/science/physics/SLL.

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