Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College to be open June 21

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Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The featured object for the night will be the "Ringed World," Saturn. Always a favorite to view, Saturn put on a great show during the April Open Night displaying lightly colored bands across its planetary body, the distinctive and brilliant ring system, the Cassini Division within the rings, and several of its many moons. If there is time and good enough skies, visitors will look at another astronomical ring: the Ring Nebula (M57). Cloudy skies cancel the event.

The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (S.R. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of S.R. 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory's Web site: 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 near the post office, a short distance east of the observatory.

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