January 12, 2010


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Night on Friday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held rain or shine.

Ned Ladd, associate professor of astronomy at Bucknell, will give the talk, "Is Anybody Out There?" a look at whether life might be found elsewhere in the cosmos.

Local singer/songwriter Eric Sundberg will entertain families with songs of the stars and planets.

Children will have the opportunity to make their own telescopes to take home.

"Family Night is for children and their families to learn about astronomy while having fun on a cold winter evening," said Ladd, who has been running this event annually since 1998.

Weather permitting, the Observatory's telescopes will focus on the moon, star clusters and the Great Nebula of Orion. Observatory facilities include the newly refurbished and updated 123-year-old Clark refracting telescope and several modern reflecting telescopes.

The Bucknell Observatory is located on the southern end of the Bucknell University campus, just south of the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Ample parking is available. Call 570-577-1207 for more information.

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