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UTSA hosts "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" and partial solar eclipse viewing May 18 & May 20

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(May 15, 2012) -- UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to attend "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 in Science Building (Room 2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus. The family-friendly astronomy event is free and open to the public.

This month's theme "Venus," features a presentation by Mark Jurena of UTSA who will discuss the latest updates from the European Venus Express mission as well as the upcoming Venus transit in June.

At 8:30 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, Saturn will be visible as well as the Beehive, a star cluster in Cancer.

At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to campus to view a partial eclipse of the Sun, until sundown. Weather permitting, solar telescopes will allow for viewing of the sun and will be set up on the top of the Tobin Avenue Parking Garage (the parking garage closest to 1604). Visit UTSA Campus Map at http://www.utsa.edu/maps/main-map.html

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.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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