(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.
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
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