UTSA's Friday Nights, Celestial Lights series focuses on citizen science projects Feb. 21

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

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(Feb. 18, 2014) -- UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to attend "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," featuring Eric Schlegel, Vaughan Family Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the UTSA College of Sciences. Free and open to the public, the family-friendly astronomy event is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 in Flawn Science Building Room 2.02.02 on the UTSA Main Campus.

Schlegel's presentation will focus on citizen science projects. He will discuss current projects that are ongoing and others that have been publicized in recent years.

Following Schlegel's 40-minute presentation, and weather permitting, attendees can view the night sky using UTSA's telescopes including a 15-inch telescope and several 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes. Telescope viewing will be outside on the fourth-floor patio of the Flawn Science Building, which is wheelchair accessible. Jupiter and the Orion Nebula will be visible.

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" on the third Friday of each month. The programs are regularly updated on the UTSA Astronomy Facebook page. The next program is Friday, March 21.

"Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" lectures and viewings 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 at 210-458-6425 or Mark Jurena, UTSA astronomy lecturer, at 210-458-4922.