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Astronomy enthusiasts to meet in Blaine County

The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club will meet in Blaine County near Geary on Saturday. Rare events in the sky will be viewed by telescope.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 25, 2014

— The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club invites the public to share views of a rare event at their Blaine County observatory Saturday night.

Astronomy club members will gather at the club's Cheddar Ranch Observatory to view the supernova and other objects including Jupiter and a number of galaxies.

Club members will meet visitors from the public at the Cherokee Truck Stop at Exit 108 on Interstate 40 at its junction with U.S. 281 south of Geary at 5 p.m. Saturday to escort them to the observatory, which features a spacious building, according to a news release.

Participants are advised to dress warmly in several layers, though Saturday temperatures are predicted to be milder than in recent days.

Astronomers in several locations detected a new supernova explosion in the nearby galaxy M 82 early in the week, and the exploded star has been brightening steadily for several days, promising a rare show this weekend for those with telescopes. Neither the supernova nor its home galaxy can be seen with the naked eye.