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UTSA free stargazing and film event is Friday, June 18 at Main Campus


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(June 17, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 18 to enjoy "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The family-friendly astronomy event is free and open to the public.

The evening begins with a 7:30 p.m. showing of the 1951 sci-fi film "Flight to Mars" in Science Building Room 2.02.02 on the Main Campus. Starring Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, John Litel and Virginia Huston, the movie tells the story of a newspaper reporter and four intrepid American astronauts on their first flight to Mars. Their initial landing is less than successful, but the astronauts survive and uncover a sinister plot. Will the Martian natives who have an underground civilization help them escape?

At approximately 8:45 p.m., weather permitting, attendees can view the night sky using UTSA's 15-inch telescope and several 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes. Night viewing will be from the Science Building fourth-floor patio, which is wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, the monthly series 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, UTSA Vaughan Family Professor, at 210-458-6425 or Mark Jurena, UTSA physics and astronomy lecture, at 210-458-4922.

"Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" events will be on hiatus in July and August for telescope maintenance. The series will resume Friday, Sept. 17.



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

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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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