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Astronomy Night: "Up on the Roof" -- Telescope Viewing of Constellations and Planets

If you ever look up into the sky and wonder what is beyond the boundaries of planet Earth or are fascinated by the formation of the constellations on the celestial sphere or wonder about the other planets in the solar system, you will enjoy coming to SUNY Orange on May 15 (raindate – May 16) for “Up on the Roof” -- Telescope Viewing of Constellations and Planets. It’s Astronomy night from 8 to 9:45 p.m. Besides the many stars, planets Jupiter and Venus will be visible through the telescopes. Music about stars, planets, and, indeed, the Drifters “Up on the Roof” will add to the ambience.

Adjunct professor of astronomy Tom Blon, who teaches at the Middletown campus, will have the college’s large telescopes set up on the patio roof –door 320 on the top floor-- at the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering. Adjunct professor of physics Kevin McGee will also bring his own big telescope. Also, adjunct professor of astronomy William Istone, who teaches at the Newburgh campus, will be bringing his telescope.

In addition, John Kocijanski, leader of the Catskill Astronomy Group, a retired Monroe-Woodbury High School astronomy and earth science teacher is coming with his telescope. They are all happy to share their expertise and give attendees instructions on the use of the telescopes and what participants will be able to view.

This is the third year that an astronomy night has been scheduled in May. Blon will give a brief history on the science and philosophy of astronomy. To add to the fun and learning experience, he has also created a “Constellation Trivia” game.

Describing his feelings about looking up into the “vast world of so many unknowns,” Blon states, “I enjoy sharing the night sky. I feel a bond with all humans who have watched the heavens.”

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering [RCSE] was designed as a sustainable, green building and is completely ADA compliant. The patio roof is the section of the building that is a flat roof where native plants grow and unobstructed views of the skies await you.

This outdoor evening event is free and open to the public. Unless it is a blistering hot day, bring along a lightweight jacket because it gets nippy out in the night air and wind.

Questions may be directed to  Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and; website:

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs