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Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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We will not be open Christmas Day.

Next Public Open Night

Thursday, 08 January 2015, 08:30 p.m. EST to 10:30 p.m. EST

Status (as of 20 December 2014, 01:15 a.m. EST): Will be held, weather permitting. If you have any questions, please call 732-735-5483 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

For general information, please call 848-445-8973 or 848-445-8785 (08:30 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.).

Schedule of Objects to be Viewed

December 2014
   second Thursday (the 11th): M31, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Neptune, and Uranus
   fourth Thursday (the 25th): Christmas Day (we will not be open)

January 2015
   second Thursday (the 08th): M31, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Uranus, Jupiter, and the Moon (waning gibbous)
   fourth Thursday (the 22nd): M31, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Uranus, and Jupiter

February 2015
   second Thursday (the 12th): M31, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Uranus, and Jupiter (near opposition)
   fourth Thursday (the 26th): M31, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Mars-Venus-Uranus appulse, Jupiter, and the Moon (first quarter)

March 2015
   second Thursday (the 12th): Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Uranus-Mars-Venus appulse, and Jupiter
   fourth Thursday (the 26th): Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon (first quarter)

April 2015
   second Thursday (the 09th): h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, M5, M13, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter
   fourth Thursday (the 23rd): h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Betelgeuse, Sirius, M5, M13, Mercury-Mars appulse, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon (waxing crescent)

May 2015
   second Thursday (the 14th): M5, Antares, M13, Vega, Deneb, Albireo, M57, Mercury (near greatest eastern elongation), Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn
   fourth Thursday (the 28th): M5, Antares, M13, Vega, Deneb, Albireo, M57, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn (near opposition), and the Moon (waxing gibbous)

Public Observing at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory

Members of the Rutgers University community and the general public are invited to observe the night sky through the 20-inch optical telescope of the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, weather permitting. The observatory is open for two hours starting at 8:30 p.m. (October through March) or starting about one hour after sunset (April through September, when it is not yet dark at 8:30 p.m.).

Observing will be canceled for that night if the skies are cloudy at the beginning of the observing session. Please check this web-site for the most up-to-date information.

Naked-eye visibility of satellites from the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory may be found at the Heavens-Above Main Page .

Location

The Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory is located in the dome on the roof of the Serin Physics Laboratories on the corner of Frelinghuysen Road and Allison Road on the Busch Campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Our address is 136 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ and directions to our building are available. Park in lot 53 (between the building and the street) or lot 53A (about one block east on the other side of Frelinghuysen Road). Enter the doors on the west end of the building (facing Allison Road) and take the stairs (left or right sides of the lobby) or the elevator (left side of the lobby) to the fourth floor.


Scientific Highlights

Transit of Venus -- June 05, 2012
Image of Sun showing a dot which is Venus

This image was taken at 08:03 p.m. EDT through a narrow gap in the clouds during the only few minutes that the transit was visible at the Schommer Observatory. The dark band in the lower-left corner of the image is the roof of the Pharmacy Building. The edge of the silhouette of Venus is ragged because of blurring by the Earth's atmosphere -- the Sun was only 3.3 degrees above the horizon. The 20-inch telescope was stopped down to a 4-inch aperture covered with a Baader solar filter. This single-color image was taken through an SBIG STL-11000M camera with a V-band (green) filter and an exposure time of 0.05 sec.


The Triangulum Galaxy, Messier 33 (M33)
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This color image was created by combining three images taken through blue, green, and red (B-, V-, and R-band) images taken with the CCD camera on the 20-inch telescope of the Schommer Observatory.


Please send any comments on this page to Carlton Pryor, pryor@physics.rutgers.edu.
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