Monday, September 14, 2020

UIS renovates observatory deck as virtual star parties continue

A new deck will welcome visitors when Star Parties resume in person at the University of Illinois Springfield Observatory.

The new deck, constructed of composite decking material that meets fire code regulations and reduces maintenance costs, replaces a wooden structure that was more than 40 years old. Usable floor space was maximized by relocating the entrance to the deck and moving benches closer to the walls. Other improvements include dimmable, red LED strip lighting and additional space added around the 14-inch telescope.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Star Parties can only be experienced through livestream online. They will continue every Friday in September and October from 8-9 p.m.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 11, 2020.