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New Observatory to Open to Public During First Night

People can view the planets and stars from the new facility near Ocean City High School.

The public will get a chance to use the new astronomical observatory at Ocean City High School during the city's First Night festivities on Dec. 31.

Astronomy teacher Dr. John Herrmann, his wife and Science Club members will guide participants in telescope observations and photography of Jupiter and its moons, the wonders of the winter sky and the waning gibbous moon.

The small observatory will be open on a first-come, first-served bases between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 31, weather permitting.

"Many residents have been taking fabulous photos of the moon with their smartphones — that is all they need this time," Herrmann said. "My wife and I will be hosting the show — should be great fun and a new activity for our city."

First Night is Ocean City's annual nonalcoholic New Year's Eve celebration that includes more than 60 entertainment events for one admission price. Learn more about the events and how to purchase a First Night Ocean City admission button.

The new observatory was dedicated in September on city property adjacent to Ocean City High School and Carey Stadium. 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.

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