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UTSA 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' series focuses on x-ray astronomy Feb. 15

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The Chandra X-ray Observatory image is of DEM L50, a so-called superbubble found in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (Photo courtesy of NASA/CXC/SAO)

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(Feb. 14, 2013) -- UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to attend "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," featuring Eric Schlegel, Vaughan Family Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA. The free, family-friendly astronomy event is open to the public, and will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 in Science Building Room 2.02.02 on the UTSA Main Campus.

The series has been exploring various NASA satellites in orbit. This month, Schlegel will focus on x-ray astronomy, particularly the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the results obtained from it. Before joining UTSA, Schlegel worked for the Chandra project at Harvard in the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

If the sky is clear, telescope viewing will be immediately after the presentation on the top of the Science Building's outside deck. Currently, Jupiter and Orion Nebula are visible.

>> Find the Science Building on a UTSA Main Campus map (building SB at map grid L9).

"Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" is a recurring program on the third Friday of each month hosted by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy. The program began in spring 2009 as part of the International Year of Astronomy to commemorate 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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