New Observatory Offers the Public a View of the Moon and Planets
The telescope at Ocean City High School opened to the public for the first time on Friday and will be open again on Friday, Jan. 25.
The public got its first glimpse of the heavens through the telescopic lenses of the new observatory at Ocean City High School on Friday, Jan. 18.
A cold and clear night made for ideal conditions as astronomy teacher Dr. John Herrmann helped a small number of visitors find features of the moon and the planet Jupiter.
The new observatory was dedicated in September on city property adjacent to Ocean City High School. The private, nonprofit Ocean City Education Foundation and the Ocean City Free Public Library donated money to create the unique educational resource at the high school.
The observatory will be open to the public again next Friday (Jan. 25) from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Any cancellation of the Friday observations (due to the weather) will be posted on the district website by 5 p.m.
The observatory is located behind Ocean City High School near Carey Stadium. People who attend are asked to enter the observatory from the beach block of Fifth Street.