Sign-up begins today for Allegheny Observatory open house
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Reservations for the free annual open house at Allegheny Observatory will be taken by phone beginning at 9 a.m. today.
This year's open house at the historic observatory in the city's Riverview Park will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.
Participants will enter the observatory every half-hour and will begin the self-guided tour with an introductory talk in the lecture hall.
Only during open house can visitors see and look though the 30-inch Thaw Refractor, the observatory's primary research instrument. The 13-inch Fitz-Clark also will show off the night sky. Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will set up portable telescopes on the lawn for public viewing.
Registration is a must and space is limited. Call 412-321-2400.
First Published August 1, 2012 12:00 am