University of Pittsburgh
September 20, 2004

Pitt's Allegheny Observatory to Hold an Open House Oct. 22

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory, located at 159 Riverview Ave. in Riverview Park, Pittsburgh, will hold its annual open house from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22, with tours conducted in half-hour increments. The event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 412-321-2400. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 8.

The open house is the only night of the year when the observatory's primary research instrument, the 30-inch Thaw Refractor telescope, is available to the public for viewing the night sky. Visitors also can take a self-guided tour of the facility. In addition, members of the Amateur Astronomer's Association of Pittsburgh will set up telescopes on the observatory's front lawn for public use.