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Blue Mountain Observatory Nights Planned by University of Montana

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Hey stargazers, we have a great way to spend a summer night and it’s free! Explore planets, nebulae, star clusters and distant galaxies during eight upcoming free public observing nights at the Blue Mountain Observatory. The events are family-friendly and kids are welcome. The observatory, located atop Blue Mountain at an elevation of 6,300 feet, is operated by the University of Montana. Astronomers will be on hand at all events to talk about what’s being viewed through telescopes, point out constellations, show how to find interesting celestial objects with the naked eye and lots more. Viewing will begin about an hour after sunset, so you do have to pull a late-nighter, but what an awesome way to spend a summer evening. And you sure can’t beat the price. Cloud cover will cancel any scheduled night’s viewing, but for now the schedule is June 7, 14 and 29, July 12, August 2, 9 and 30 and September 6. If you’d like to know more you can contact the University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy at 243-4299. There’s also a number for weather and cancellation updates you can call before heading up to the observatory: 243-5179. Here’s hoping for clear, spectacular nights and cool constellations! DB

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