UTSA astronomers present 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' Friday, Nov. 19



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(Nov. 12, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, Nov. 19 to enjoy "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The family-friendly astronomy event is free and open to the public.

At 7:30 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.

If the sky is clear, attendees will see Jupiter, the moon (two days before it is full), the Ring Nebula in Lyra and the double star Albireo in Cygnus.

UTSA's 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. The event is on the third Friday each month in the fall and spring semesters except December.

For more information, contact UTSA's Vaughan Family Professor, Eric Schlegel, at 210-458-6425 or lecturer Mark Jurena at 210-458-4922.