February 06, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Night Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The program, "Why are there Constellations?" will be held rain or shine, and is open to the public without charge.

The evening's program includes a variety of activities.

Ned Ladd, associate professor of astronomy at Bucknell, will give the talk, "The Distant Stars."

Local singer/songwriter Billy Kelly will entertain families with songs of the stars and planets.

Children will have the opportunity to make their own glow-in-the-dark constellations to take home.

Weather permitting, the Observatory's telescopes will focus on the moon, star clusters and the Great Nebula of Orion. Observatory facilities include the 120-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 information.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 6, 2008

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