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Telescopes view the skies on May 11at Penn Dixie

Telescopes will focus on the planets and constellations at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg on Saturday, May 11 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Telescopes, with filters, will be available to view sunspots and solar flares prior to sunset. After dark, telescopes will view the skies for Venus low in the west, with a thin crescent moon and Jupiter setting in the west, the Bee Hive Cluster M44 high in the southwest, Saturn rising in the southeast, the star cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and a variety of other constellations.

Two 16-inch, one 14-inch, and two eight-inch telescopes will be available for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Penn Dixie volunteers will also be on hand to help visitors learn how to operate their own telescopes. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the variety of telescopes available before making a purchase.

Dress for the weather. The public is invited and children are encouraged to attend. The cost is $3 per person, HNHS members are free. No pre-registrations are required. Call 627-4560 for additional information or visit the web site at for directions, program, and membership information.

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