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October 15, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s Schneider Observatory hosts a grand reopening event on October 20 to coordinate with NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night.

The 1,000 square-foot observatory, located on the roof of Founders Hall, has been closed for two years during construction of the Health Innovation Center. Founder’s rooftop is an ideal location for observing celestial bodies due to both the height of the five-story building and NKU’s location atop a hill. The observatory is named after NKU alumni Julie and David Schneider.

International Observe the Moon Night is an worldwide event that encourages people to observe and understand the moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration.  As part of the event, NKU will hold sessions that include craft projects and discussions on the moon. Visitors can even control the planetarium to fly around the moon.

“We have been looking forward to once again opening our doors to the community, and NASA’s event is the perfect opportunity to do it,” said Dr. Nathan De Lee, assistant professor of Astronomy and Physics. “We invite everyone to come out and explore the moon, planets, and other astronomical objects with our eight telescopes and get closer to the stars.”

·       What:  Schneider Observatory Grand Reopening Event

·       When: October 20, 8-11 p.m.

·       Where: Health Innovation Center Atrium, NKU Campus

The International Observe the Moon Night reopening event is free and open to the public. The observatory tour can accommodate 20 people at a time. Those interested are encouraged to register and meet in the Health Innovation Center Atrium. To register, click here.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit