Posted on January 30, 2017, BY Matthew Beltz

Bucknell University's physics & astronomy department will host its annual Family Night at the Bucknell Observatory on Friday, Feb. 3, from 7–9:30 p.m. It 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 building.

This year's event will feature singer/songwriter Billy Kelly, who will entertain attendees with songs about stars, constellations and other celestial phenomena. There will be several activities for children, including arts and crafts, stories about the stars and, weather-permitting, a star-filled night. Professor Ned Ladd, physics & astronomy, will present an interactive talk designed for children titled "Where Do Stars Come From?" Youngsters will be able to make their own "protostars" and participate in other star-themed activities.

The Observatory's telescopes will be open for viewing of the planets Venus and Mars and other wonders of the deep sky (if skies are clear). Facilities include the 130-year-old Clark refracting telescope and other telescopes of the Tressler Observing Lab. Bucknell astronomy students will be on hand to run the devices and point out the constellations visible in the winter sky.

Now in its 20th year and sponsored by the physics & astronomy department and the Isaac J. Tressler Fund for Astronomy, the event will proceed rain or shine. For more information, please call 570-577-1207.


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