Extra-solar planets, sky viewing: 'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights' March 21

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(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.

For more information, contact UTSA Vaughan Family Professor Eric Schlegel at 210-458-6425 or Mark Jurena at 210-458-4921.