Explore The Night Sky This Fall During Community Nights In MCCC’s Observatory

PHOTO: Kelli Spangler, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, operates the MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in Montgomery County Community College’s Observatory. Photo by Matt Carlin

PHOTO: Kelli Spangler, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, operates the MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in Montgomery County Community College’s Observatory. Photo by Matt Carlin

Blue Bell, Pa.—Members of the community are invited to explore the night sky this fall during three open community nights in Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) state-of-the-art Observatory and Observation Deck.

Fall 2015 commuity nights will be held from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 21, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9. The Observatory is located on the third floor of MCCC’s Advanced Technology Center at its Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

Community nights are free of charge and are open to the public; astronomy clubs are welcome to participate. Students from MCCC’s Introduction to Astronomy course volunteer during the event to share their knowledge and assist visitors with using the telescope and viewing equipment. 

Montgomery County Community College’s Observatory features a 16-inch MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain research-level telescope and a 90-mm Coronado telescope for safe observation of the sun. All of the instruments are controllable both in the classroom as well as in the Observatory itself. Through a fiber network, images can be downloaded for further study and comparison and can be used in online courses. 

For more information about the College’s Observatory, including events, directions, and affiliated associations, visit http://www.mc3.edu/campus-life/observatory.

All Observatory events are subject to weather conditions. In the event of inclement or questionable weather, call the observatory hotline, 215-641-6460, an hour prior to the event for possible cancellation information.

Top 15 Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2015

With 2015 comes plenty of reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. In fact, only-in-Philly projects, exhibitions, anniversaries and celebrations will give first-time visitors incentives to make that return trip and return visitors reasons to come back yet again.

So what’s on the calendar? The Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River Waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring more than 80 works by a who’s who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and a special exhibition at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

Of course, all eyes will be on Philadelphia when thousands of Catholic families from around the globe — and Pope Francis — gather for the eighth World Meeting of Families.

Here are some of the major happenings taking place throughout Philadelphia in 2015:

Read more: http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/top-15-reasons-to-visit-philadelphia-in-2015/?utm_campaign=WinterSummer2015&utm_source=Philly.com

Residents’ Input Spurs Revisions At Grandview

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its nei...

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After scrapping a grandiose hotel and condo project on Mount Washington in favor of apartments, a developer once again is tinkering with plans for the development.

The 300 apartments won’t be changing, but developer Beau Beemsterboer is adding an overlook and building a more “iconic” tower at the site of the former Edge restaurant at the east end of Grandview Avenue.

Charles L. “Luke” Desmone, the architect for the project, said Thursday the changes are being made to address concerns and comments raised by residents at meetings to discuss the switch from the hotel/condo project to the apartment complex.

As part of the latest revisions, a “stage-like” platform will be built just east of the Monongahela Incline and will offer visitors views of the Downtown skyline. While part of the proposed apartment complex, Mr. Desmone said the goal is to have the observation deck open to visitors.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/residents-input-spurs-grandview-revisions-704114/#ixzz2fSF3aCJP