Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Astronomical observatory open house Feb. 8 offers public look at planets, celestial objects and more

KINGSVILLE - February 01, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Viewing of episodes 2 & 3 of Nova miniseries “The Elegant Universe” also scheduled

KINGSVILLE (February 1, 2007) — On Thursday, Feb. 8, the public is invited to a free evening of viewing celestial wonders through the 16-inch telescope of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Astronomical Observatory.

The observatory, located in room 300 of the Lon C. Hill Hall physics building, opens its doors at 6 p.m. for an hour-long viewing of the planets Mars, Venus and possibly Uranus, weather permitting.

From 7-8:30 p.m., there will be a showing of the last two episodes in the three-part PBS-produced Nova miniseries “The Elegant Universe,” hosted by the Kingsville Astronomical Society, in room 119 of Hill Hall. Narrated by Dr. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, the miniseries brings Greene’s bestselling book of the same name to life, which sought to explain the universe through string theory.

More celestial viewing in the observatory is scheduled from 8:30-10 p.m., with the Pleiades, Orion Nebula and Saturn among the objects to be observed.

For more information on the astronomical observatory open house, call Dr. Lionel D. Hewett, professor of physics/geosciences, at 361-593-2622, or email at L-Hewett@tamuk.edu.

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