October 18, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host an open house Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The open house, part of the university's annual Parents Weekend celebration, is open to the public without charge.

Astronomer Ned Ladd, associate professor of physics at Bucknell, will give the short talk, "How Many Planets?" several times during the evening. The talk will examine the new planets and planet-sized objects recently discovered in the solar system and beyond.

In addition, visitors will be able to view exploding stars and spinning galaxies with the Observatory's modern telescopes as well as the 118-year-old Clark refracting telescope (weather permitting.)

The open house will be held rain or shine.

The Observatory is located on the south end of the campus, uphill from the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Parking is free.

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