DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University offers a chance to get a closer look at the stars with four Public Observation Nights at the Leighty-Tabor Science Center’s Requarth Observatory between now and the end of the spring semester.
On each clear Tuesday night (April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16) from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Requarth Observatory will be free and open to the public.
In addition to the main 20" (0.5 meters) telescope in the Requarth Observatory, Leighty-Tabor Science Center also features an observation deck on the fifth floor that surrounds the base of the observatory dome. This observation deck provides a platform on which 8" telescopes, commonly used in Millikin’s astronomy labs, will also be prepared for viewing.
The current officers of the Millikin Chapter of the Society of Physics Students — Ken Sandoval, Lissa Mpinganzima, Edwin Monroe and Kendra Marnul — will run the Public Observation Night each week.
The Leighty-Tabor Science Center is located just off Fairview Avenue in Decatur. The southeast entrance of the building will remain unlocked during observation nights to allow guests access to the Science Center’s elevator.