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New Siena observatory has largest telescope in Capital Region

November 09, 2018 05:31 PM

LOUDONVILLE - Students at Siena College have a new place to check out the stars. The largest telescope in the Capital Region officially opens on Saturday, November 9.

The observatory walls are eight feet tall. The structure is 16 feet high and it holds a telescope with a mirror that's 27 ½ inches in diameter. That's about seven times the size of a home telescope.

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Forty percent of Siena students take astronomy classes. With the new observatory and telescope, students can now see the great red spot of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and even distant galaxies.

The hope is the more people who see it, the more students will get excited about science.

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