A telescope looking at the night sky.

A number of fall constellations and planets will be visible at Cloud County Community College’s star party Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8-10 p.m., at the Earl Bane Observatory on the Concordia campus.  

A telescope looking at the night sky.

A number of fall constellations and planets will be visible at Cloud County Community College’s star party Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8-10 p.m., at the Earl Bane Observatory on the Concordia campus.

The September sky will be displaying an array of fall attractions: Fomalhaut, the lonely star of autumn; Saturn, the jewel of the solar system; Jupiter, the largest planet; Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer; Hercules, the great warrior; Draco the dragon; and the great square of Pegasus.

Another September event will be the fall equinox on Sept. 23, officially marking the start of the fall season. On this day, both hemispheres receive equal hours of daylight and darkness. The fall equinox is also the only day the sun will appear to rise directly from the east and set directly in the west.

Those planning to attend the star party are asked park in lot one at the college. The Observatory is located on the southwest corner of campus, near the Thunder Heights dormitory. In the event of inclement weather, a movie about the seasons will be shown in the observatory theater.

Contact Dennis Smith at the college, 785.243.1435, ext. 223, with questions.