A cold fall night brought out an array of bundled up individuals to the observatory above Minne Hall at Winona State University. With night beginning earlier each day, the sky was dark long before eager spectators journeyed to campus: perfect for star-gazing.
Fifteen to 20 people arrived at the observatory around 9 p.m. The crowd was a combination of astronomy students making observations for homework, Astronomy Club members, non-astronomy students, and community members. The sky was clear enough to observe Jupiter with the naked eye and the Andromeda Galaxy through a telescope. The murmur of astronomical facts seemed all too familiar to the members of the astronomy club who put out the telescopes for viewing.
The observatory above Minne Hall is open on clear Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for anyone interested.