UTSA faculty astronomers host ‘Friday Nights, Celestial Lights’ April 20

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(April 18, 2012) -- UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20 in Science Building Room 2.02.02 on the UTSA Main Campus. View the stars at this family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public.

This month's theme, "Rings in the Solar System," continues the review of NASA's Year of the Solar System, which examines the photos from satellites launched to explore the solar system.

At 7:30 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 fourth-floor patio of the Science Building, which is wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, attendees will see the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, Venus, Mars and Jupiter.

At future events, discussion topics will include the annular solar eclipse and the transit of Venus in May and the Moon in June.

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, commemorating 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 Mark Jurena, UTSA astronomy lecturer, at 210-458-4922.