(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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
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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