Press Release

Planets Galore!

July 23, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware, returns to evening skywatch programs in August. (Photo by Brian Rellinger)

Perkins Observatory Returns to Friday Night Skywatches in August

DELAWARE, Ohio – In August, Perkins Observatory returns to its regularly scheduled Friday night public programs – and what a return it will be, says Don Stevens.

“We have four of the five naked-eye planets in the evening sky,” said Stevens, interim director of the Ohio Wesleyan University-owned observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware.

“Beautiful Venus is in the west just after sunset,” Stevens said. “Giant Jupiter is high in the southwest sky followed by majestic Saturn in the south with its gorgeous rings. Finally, orangish-red Mars glows low in the southeast. All viewable from right here at Perkins Observatory!”

Each Friday night program will include an astronomer’s talk followed by observing with telescopes, weather permitting, or a tour of the observatory if guests can’t observe.

“Observing is unfortunately never a guarantee, particularly with the 32-inch telescope; however, we will do our best to give you life-changing views through the many telescopes, big and small, provided by volunteers from the Columbus Astronomical Society,” Stevens said.

The observatory’s public skywatches will start promptly at 9 p.m. each Friday night in August. All tickets are $10. To reserve tickets or determine at-the-door availability, call (740) 363-1257.

Reservations are strongly recommended for these and all Perkins Observatory events, as many programs sell out.

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

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