By: 1812Blockhouse

The high elevation around these parts, combined with excellent venues to learn about nature and “all things outdoors,” makes north central Ohio an excellent place to do some serious star gazing.

Two locations in Richland County offer regular opportunities to do just that.The Night Sky is a monthly, outdoor astronomy program at Gorman Nature Center, 2295 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. Participants meet at the Center’s visitor’s center. Each month participants will learn a bit about the moon and stars, view some constellations and planets, take home a free star chart, and have astronomical questions answered. This program is held only if the sky is clear.

The next date for The Night Sky is: Saturday, June 20 at 9:30 PM.

The Warren Rupp Observatory also hosts events for those interested in learning more about the universe. Public Nights are held on the first Saturday of each month, March through November

If weather permits, Public Nights provide an opportunity to view through the big scope as well as a variety of personal scopes. If weather is cloudy, there will be a program and folks who will be happy to take you on a tour of our Observatory. Visitors are welcome; please feel free to bring your own equipment as well.

The next Public Night is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 1 at 9:00 PM. This Public Night will help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Richland Astronomical Society, which was founded on August 1, 1960.

Warren Rupp Observatory is located at 5127 Possum Run Road in Mansfield.

A call to check in on any last-minute cancellations or changes is advised. You can reach the Gorman Nature Center at: 419.884.3764 , and the Warren Rupp OBservatory at: 419.569.7559.

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