Great Time To Visit The Observatories!

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Have you always wanted to check out the observatories at Merrimack College or Salem State University, but have never made it there yet?  Or has it been some years since you last went?
This time of year is a perfect time for a visit.  Lower humidity mean more transparent skies, but still with comfortable temperatures.  School has started, so the observatories aren’t too busy, especially later in the evening.  Free, no reservation required – just look for a clear evening and show up!  Also, it is great opportunity to interact with the public, especially now that our star parties are temporarily canceled due to the mosquito problems.  Both observatories are staffed by club volunteers who would appreciate participation or assistance from other club members and friends.

Merrimack College Observatory – open every CLEAR Wednesday, 7-10PM.
Conveniently located on Route 114 off Interstate 495:
http://nsaac.org/about-the-club/merrimack-college-mendel-observatory/

Collins Observatory at Salem State University – open every CLEAR Monday, 7-10PM.
Beautiful rooftop location with views of the ocean and Boston:
http://nsaac.org/about-the-club/salem-state-university-collins-observatory/

Fred Sammartino

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