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FSW Announces Public Observation Sessions.

February 7, 2024 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA – Florida Southwestern State College is pleased to announce its upcoming series of public observation sessions at the college observatory. Offering a captivating journey through the cosmos, these sessions provide a unique opportunity for the community to explore the wonders of the night sky.

Observation sessions typically commence 30-45 minutes after dusk, allowing stargazers to marvel at celestial marvels as long as they wish. Please note that prior to complete darkness, access to the observatory is restricted as equipment setup and alignment with the stars are essential preparations. However, early arrivals are encouraged to relish the picturesque views of the lake and campus scenery from the lakeside picnic tables.

These public sessions, held at no cost, are scheduled monthly from September through May, contingent on favorable weather conditions. Mark your calendars for the upcoming sessions on the second Friday of each month:

February 9, 2024

March 8, 2024

April 12, 2024

May 10, 2024

Additionally, be on the lookout for extra openings – most notably, the next Solar Eclipse occurring on Monday, Apr. 8 2024.

For more information or for a full schedule of observatory events, call (941) 637-3518, or visit

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