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Brightened Comet, Moon to be Viewed in Astronomy Open House at Texas A&M-Kingsville Nov. 15

KINGSVILLE - November 05, 2007

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

Apollo 11, 12 recognized with moon viewing

Get a closer look at the comet capturing the attention of millions, along with an astronomer’s eye view of the moon Thursday, Nov. 15 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The department of physics and geosciences will host a free public viewing from its 16-inch telescope in Lon C. Hill Hall. Parking is available behind the Memorial Student Union Building, on the corner of Santa Gertrudis Avenue and University Boulevard. Hill Hall is the aluminum-domed building adjacent to the parking lot.

Featured in the viewing will be Comet 17P/Holmes, which, through a set of unusual astronomical circumstances, recently has brightened significantly in the night sky.

The moon also will be viewed, in honor of NASA Apollo missions 11 and 12, conducted 38 years ago. The missions launched the first and second crews of men to ever set foot on the moon.

For more information, call 361-593-2622.

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