Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open from about 9:30 to 11 p.m. today. The focus of the night's viewing will be the waxing gibbous moon, an amazing sight through the observatory's vintage telescope. If sky conditions and time allow, some other objects may also be seen. The observatory is located on Wakefield Road (S.R. 82) less than one-quarter mile west of S.R. 700 in Hiram. Good sky conditions are critical to viewing; for updates and more information, see StephensObservatory.org or @StephensObs on Twitter.
No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets or in the nearby parking lot of Harrison's Hideaway Convenience Store, 6821 Wakefield Road, a short distance east of the observatory.