The Adams State University Observatory will host an open house from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Observatory (not Zacheis Planetarium). The Observatory is located on the north end of campus, off Stadium Drive, between the softball and baseball fields next to the Rio Grande. The event is free and open to the public.

The moon will not rise until almost 9:30 p.m. that evening, which will provide wonderful opportunities to view Jupiter, Saturn, and perhaps Neptune. There will also be telescopes focused on some double stars, open star clusters, globular clusters, and planetary nebula.

Parking is available on the west side of Stadium Drive or in a parking lot. There is no parking next to the Observatory.

The event is weather dependent, if it is raining, or snowing, or the sky is completely cloud-covered, the event will be canceled. For more information email Matt Nehring, Ph.D. professor of physics, at