(March 13, 2014) -- UTSA faculty astronomers invite the community to attend "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," featuring Mark Jurena, astronomy lecturer in the UTSA College of Sciences. Free and open to the public, the family-friendly event will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 21 in Flawn Science Building Room 2.02.02 on the UTSA Main Campus.
Jurena's presentation will focus on extra-solar planets and the Kepler space observatory's success over the last five years in discovering these planets outside our solar system.
Following Jurena's hour-long presentation, and weather permitting, attendees can view the night sky using UTSA's telescopes including a 15-inch telescope and several 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes. Viewing will be outside on the fourth-floor patio of the Flawn Science Building, which is wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, attendees can expect to see Saturn.
The monthly "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" events 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. Scheduled the third Friday each month, the series is sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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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