- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

MEAD, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Behlen Observatory is hosting an open house to let the public stargaze.

The event is scheduled for Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the observatory near Mead, about 35 miles northeast of Lincoln.

If weather permits, attendees will be able to view the Ring Nebula, the Hercules star cluster, a waxing gibbous moon and Jupiter. The date also marks the start of the Lyrid meteor shower, so attendees might see a shooting star.

University instructors and Society of Physics students will be on hand between viewings with science demonstrations and lectures.

The event is hosted by the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Driving directions are available online at https://observatory.unl.edu .



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