January 22, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Observatory will host a Family Night Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The program, which will be held rain or shine, seeks to answer the question, "How many planets are there?"

Ned Ladd, associate professor of astronomy, will give a talk on Pluto and its status as a planet. Eric Sundberg, local singer/songwriter, will entertain families with songs of the stars and planets.

Children can make a "planet stacker" craft demonstrating the relative size of Earth, Pluto and other planets.

Weather permitting, the observatory's telescopes will focus on the moon, star clusters and the Great Nebula of Orion.

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 information.

Posted Jan. 22, 2007


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