(Sept. 16, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, September 17 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 an episode from the 1952 sci-fi series "Radar Men from the Moon" in Science Building Room 2.02.02. The series stars George Wallace as hero Commando Cody, Sky Marshal of the Universe, and Roy Barcroft as evil villain Retik. As the series progresses, Commando Cody attempts to foil moon dictator Retik's evil plot to colonize Earth.
At approximately 8:15 p.m., weather permitting, attendees can view the night sky using 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. Weather permitting, Venus, Jupiter, the Ring Nebula in Lyra and the globular closer M13 in Hercules should be visible.
Sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, the monthly "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" 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.
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For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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