UTSA hosts ‘Friday Nights, Celestial Lights’ lunar viewing June 15

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(June 13, 2012) -- UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 15 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, "The Moon," will feature a presentation by Eric M. Schlegel, UTSA Vaughan Family Professor. He will review new developments in our understanding of the formation of the Moon as well as results from recent space probes to the Moon.

At approximately 8:30 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 fourth-floor patio of the Science Building, which is wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, attendees will be able to see the globular cluster M13 in Hercules, Mars and Saturn, among other celestial objects.

Sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, the monthly event 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.