UTSA astronomers invite public to 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' Friday, Oct. 15

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(Oct. 14, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 to enjoy "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The family-friendly astronomy event is free and open to the public.

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. The moon, Jupiter, the Ring Nebula in Lyra and the double star Albireo will be visible. Venus, setting in the west, may also be visible.

Sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, the monthly events began in 2009 as a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei using a telescope to observe the heavens.

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