Spot Saturn at Bridgewater College’s free observatory night

Jessica Scarpati

Think stargazing is just about downloading photos of Angelina Jolie? Think again.

Catch views of an even bigger beauty this week: Saturn.

Weather permitting, the planet and its moons are expected to be visible at Bridgewater State College’s observatory on Wednesday night when the telescope is turned over to the public from 7-9 p.m.

“Right now, Saturn, from what I understand, is the most beautiful and interesting object,” said Martina Arndt, director of the Summer Street observatory.

If you think Orion’s Belt is something that goes on your pants, physics students and experts will be there to educate you on constellations and satellites at multiple telescopes.

Depending on the day, weather and school schedule, crowds can vary.

“We’ve had upwards of 70 people come, or sometimes four people,” said Arndt, also chairwoman of the physics department.

“It can depend on if the Red Sox are in the playoffs,” she added. “If they’re in the World Series, nobody’s coming.”

Although the college has been holding public viewing sessions since 1987, Arndt said efforts to keep a concrete schedule have “ebbed and flowed.”

After relying on volunteers, the observatory began receiving college funding in the fall.

Can’t make it Wednesday night? There will be another viewing, same time, April 23.

For more information, visit or call 508-531-3275.

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