Hard Labor Creek Observatory open house upcoming
By Matt Burgoyne
Hard Labor Creek Observatory will be open for business on Saturday, March 15 – for the public that is.
The observatory offers public open houses beginning March 15 and is located in Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge.
Anyone is welcome to take advantage of the telescopes during the open house times. Most of the year, the observatory is used by scientists studying outer space, according to the Hard Labor Creek Observatory Web site. The telescopes can see a large portion of our sky, ranging from the moon to the edge of our visible universe. The location of the telescope is ideal because it is away from the light pollution of nearby Atlanta, Conyers and Covington.
The observatory has three telescopes – a 16-inch Boller and Chivens, a 16-inch Meade, and a Multi-Telescope Telescope. The Multi-Telescope Telescope is the largest astronomical telescope in the southeast.
The open house dates last until October and can be found at http://www.chara.gsu.edu/HLCO/openhouse.html.