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View Jupiter and crescent moon at free UTSA astronomy event Nov. 20

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and moons

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(Nov. 2, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy will host the eighth installment of the signature series, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 at the Science Building on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Weather permitting, UTSA's faculty astronomers will host a viewing of the cosmos from the Science Building fourth-floor patio using a 15-inch Newtonian telescope and several 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes. The patio is wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, Jupiter, the Ring Nebula in Lyra, the globular cluster Messier 15, double star Albireo in Cygnus and the crescent moon will be visible.

The UTSA astronomy series is inspired by the International Year of Astronomy, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei using a telescope to observe the heavens.

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

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