January 6, 2005

WNCC Observatory Open for Comet Viewing

The public is invited to view the comet Machholz at the Davis Observatory at Western Nevada Community College on Saturday, Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, weather permitting. The observatory opens at dusk.

Observatory visitors will be able to view the comet and other celestial objects through observatory telescopes. Members of the Western Nevada Astronomical Society will assist the public with the telescopes and answer questions about the comet.

Comet Machholz was discovered last August by experienced amateur astronomer Don Machholz, who spotted the comet near the Pleiades star cluster with a telescope on his backyard deck in Colfax, Calif. The comet will be visible, with binoculars, in the northern sky for most of the winter, but the best views will be in January.

For more information about Comet Maccholz, visit NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Web site at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050105.html. For more information about the viewing at the Davis Observatory, call Robert Collier.


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