March 11, 2014
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is opening its observatory so the public can view the planets Jupiter and Uranus, and other space objects.
The Behlen Observatory near Mead will open Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. If the sky is clear, visitors will be able to view space objects through the observatory's 30-inch telescope and others set up around the facility.
Organizers say Jupiter will be high enough to view in the evening sky for the first time in more than a year. Visitors will also be able to see four of its 60 moons through the 30-inch telescope.
The event is free and open to the public.