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UTSA's 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' is Friday, April 16

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(April 13, 2010)--UTSA's astronomy faculty invites the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, April 16 in the afternoon and evening to enjoy "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." Both events are free and open to the public.

April's "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" event falls on the same day as Fiesta UTSA. To join in the fun, UTSA's astronomy faculty will set up university telescopes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a booth at Sombrilla Plaza, adjacent to Fiesta UTSA, to allow the public to view the daytime sky. Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the telescopes.

There also will be an evening event April 16, starting with a 7:30 p.m. showing of an episode of the 1950s T.V. classic, "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger." The children's sci-fi series that debuted in 1954, followed the adventures of hero Rocky Jones as he battled evil. The series, which lasted two seasons, gave way to many popular special effects seen regularly in sci-fi shows today. The movie showing will be in the Science Building Lecture Hall (2.01.12), which is wheelchair accessible.

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 to view the night sky from the fourth floor patio of the Science Building, also wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, the Orion Nebula, the crescent moon and Saturn will be visible in the evening sky. Depending on the weather, Venus also may be visible.

UTSA's monthly "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" events began in 2009 as a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, which commemorated 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.

Reservations are not accepted for the astronomy events. To learn more, contact Professor Eric Schlegel at 210-458-6425 or Lecturer Mark Jurena at 210-458-4922.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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