(March 11, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers will host another installment in the popular event, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 19 on the UTSA Main Campus. Although the event is during Spring Break, it is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Attendees will enjoy a 1960s animated sci-fi show and stargazing with UTSA's telescopes.
The evening begins with a 7:30-8:15 p.m. showing of two episodes of "Fireball XL-5," a British science-fiction series popular with children in the 1960s. The series, which originally aired among Saturday morning cartoons, is appropriate for all ages. The movie will be shown in the Science Building Lecture Hall (2.01.12), which is wheelchair accessible.
Set in the 2060s, the show features the adventures of Supermarionation puppets that cruise around Space City stationed aboard Fireball XL-5, the most popular spaceship in a 30-ship fleet. Throughout the series, the puppets interact with alien civilizations and thwart the plans of evil villains seeking to wreak havoc in the depths of outer space.
At approximately 8:15 p.m., weather permitting, attendees can use 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. If the sky is clear, constellations such as Orion, Canis Major and Ursa Major will be visible, along with the Orion Nebula, Mars, the Pleiades and a crescent moon.
UTSA's monthly "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" 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. The series is sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
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