UTSA astronomers host 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' Friday, Jan. 21

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(Jan. 19, 2011)--UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, Jan. 21 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 will have the opportunity to 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 fourth-floor patio of the Science Building, which is wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, attendees will see the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades and Jupiter.

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, 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 astronomy lecturer, at 210-458-4922.