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VSU offering free planetary viewings to encourage interest in astronomy

Ken Rumstay Ken Rumstay
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta State University's astronomy department was encouraging people Tuesday to take more of an interest in the planets and stars.

The university was planning to open up its observatory on the 19th and 20th for the public to come and view Jupiter and Venus free of charge. The 19th and 20th will be one of the best viewing periods of the year for the two planets.

VSU's planetarium and observatory director, Dr. Ken Rumstay, said viewing the planets and stars was getting harder and harder.

"We feel most people don't look at the sky often enough anymore, and it's getting harder to do. Our sky, every year, gets brighter and, on average, a little bit cloudier," Dr. Rumstay explained.

The observatory will be open Friday and Saturday night from 9-10 p.m. and again on the 27th through July 3rd.

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