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"Up on the Roof" -- Telescope Viewing of Constellations and Jupiter

Star gazing and planet viewing is a fascination of humans around the world. In Middletown, N.Y., SUNY Orange’s newest building, the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, was designed as a sustainable, green building. One section of the building has a flat roof where native plants grow and unobstructed views of the skies await you.

Come to “Up on the Roof” -- Telescope Viewing of Constellations and Jupiter on Tuesday, May 16 starting at 8 p.m.  If it rains on May 16, come on May 23. Very large telescopes will be set up by Tom Blon and Kevin McGee, SUNY Orange adjunct professors of astronomy and physics, respectively. Blon and McGee will explain how to use the telescopes and what and where participants will view.  In addition, Professor Blon will give a brief history on the science and philosophy of astronomy. Describing his feelings about looking up into the “vast world of so many unknowns,” Blon states, “I enjoy sharing the night sky. I feel a bond with all humans who have watched the heavens.”

The green patio roof, as it is called, is situated on the inner campus side of the building and accessed via door 320 on the top floor. The building is completely ADA compliant.

Tom Blon holds a BS from Penn State and an MA from City University of New York. Kevin McGee received a BA from Marist College and an MS from Manhattan College.

This outdoor evening event is free and open to the public. Unless it is a blistering hot day, bring along a lightweight jacket because it gets a bit nippy out in the night air and wind. 

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and You may also check out the SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs website at

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs