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St. Thomas Opens its Observatory to the Public

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The St. Thomas Observatory, used for seeing light from space objects light-years away from Earth and located on the top floor of the Anderson Parking Ramp, is now open to the public for tours and lectures.

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You Can See For Miles and Miles and Miles at the St. Thomas Observatory

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This fall the University of St. Thomas Observatory will open its doors for monthly public observing programs.

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Under the Milky Way

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Astronomy is one of those topics that naturally generates enthusiasm. Contemplatingthe sheer scale of the universe and our place in it is a truly humbling and awe-inspiring experience. The teacher in me loves to use that moment when a student is rapt, that moment when they are looking into space saying, “Wow! What is that thing?”

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The Sky is Not the Limit

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Astronomy is one of those topics that naturally generates enthusiasm. Contemplating the sheer scale of the universe and our place in it is a truly humbling and awe-inspiring experience. The teacher in me [Gerry] loves to use that moment when a student or a visitor is rapt, that moment when they are looking into space saying, “Wow! What is that thing?” I tell them not only what the object is but how we, mankind, tiny creatures stuck to a speck, came to understand the nature of space.

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Parking ramp ‘heavenly’ for more than just commuters

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What began as a plan to put a small telescope in a modest shed on the top level of the Anderson Parking Facility has, in the words of St. Thomas physics Professor Dr. Gerry Ruch, turned into “a gorgeous building with a very sophisticated instrument in it.”

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