Press Release

Expand Your Universe

September 7, 2020 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory will resume free virtual programming this week with a lecture Sept. 10 and an online skywatch or planetarium talk Sept. 11. (Photo by Paul Molitor)

Perkins Observatory Offering Free Programming Sept. 10 and Sept. 11

DELAWARE, Ohio – You’re invited to join Perkins Observatory for two free online events this week.

At 8 p.m. Sept. 10, Barbara Ryden, Ph.D., of The Ohio State University’s Department of Astronomy will discuss “Einstein, Friedmann, and the Expanding Universe Smackdown.” Her free presentation is part of the observatory’s New Vistas in Astronomy adult lecture series.

At 8 p.m. Sept. 11, Don Stevens, observatory director, will host a free guest night consisting of virtual telescope observing or a planetarium talk.

Both events will be limited to the first 100 participants who join. The Zoom links for the events will be posted under the “Upcoming Events” section of the Perkins Observatory webpage at owu.edu/perkins.

Owned by Ohio Wesleyan University, Perkins Observatory is an active research facility used by OWU students and faculty. “The Place for Space,” founded in 1923, also conducts hundreds of public programs and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at owu.edu.