UTSA astronomers host 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' Friday, Sept. 17

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(Sept. 16, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, September 17 to enjoy "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The family-friendly astronomy event is free and open to the public.

The evening begins with a 7:30 p.m. showing of an episode from the 1952 sci-fi series "Radar Men from the Moon" in Science Building Room 2.02.02. The series stars George Wallace as hero Commando Cody, Sky Marshal of the Universe, and Roy Barcroft as evil villain Retik. As the series progresses, Commando Cody attempts to foil moon dictator Retik's evil plot to colonize Earth.

At approximately 8:15 p.m., weather permitting, attendees can view the night sky using UTSA's telescopes including a 15-inch telescope and several 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes. Night viewing will be from the Science Building fourth-floor patio, which is wheelchair accessible. Weather permitting, Venus, Jupiter, the Ring Nebula in Lyra and the globular closer M13 in Hercules should be visible.

Sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, the monthly "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" began in 2009 as a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei using a telescope to observe the heavens.

For more information, contact Eric Schlegel, UTSA Vaughan Family Professor, at 210-458-6425 or lecturer Mark Jurena at 210-458-4922.