Posted on February 11, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

The Bucknell University Department of Physics & Astronomy will host Family Night at the Bucknell Observatory on Friday, Feb. 19, from 7-9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The Bucknell Observatory is located just south of Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium, with ample parking available adjacent to the facility.

The event will feature numerous activities for children and families, including stories of the stars, craft activities, and, weather-permitting, a star-filled night. Local singer/songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner will entertain children with songs about stars, constellations and other celestial phenomena. Professor Ned Ladd, physics & astronomy, will present "To The Moon and Beyond: How to Go to Space," an interactive talk designed for children of all ages.

The Observatory's telescopes will be open for viewing of the planet Jupiter and other wonders of the deep sky (if skies are clear). Facilities include the 128-year-old Clark refracting telescope and the telescopes of the Tressler Observing Lab. Bucknell astronomy students will be on hand to run the telescopes and point out the constellations visible in the winter sky.

Sponsored by the Bucknell University Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Isaac J. Tressler Fund for Astronomy, the event will proceed rain or shine. For more information on this event, please call 570-577-1207.

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