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UH Moment: UH Observatory Ready To Explore The Sky

“The general public can come out on public viewing nights throughout the year and view things from the solar system.”

 

As the moon passed in front of the sun, hundreds of people lined up to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse at the refurbished observatory on the University of Houston campus.

 

“The energy is really high right now. There is a lot of excitement,” said Fre’Etta Brooks, President of the UH Astronomy Society.

 

The UH observatory had been closed since 2008, but thanks to a renovation by the Astronomy Society and Department of Physics, the observatory is now refurbished and fitted with state of the art equipment, including a brand new automatic steering mount.

 

“Now that we have it in place we can actually apply for some research grants, “said assistant professor Andrew Renshaw, who serves as faculty advisor for the observatory.  

 

The eclipse is the first of many events the observatory will be hosting for the campus community and city of Houston.

 

“The general public can come out on public viewing nights throughout the year and view things from the solar system,” Renshaw said.

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