January 23, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Night on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The program, "One Giant Leap," will be held rain or shine. The event is free and open to  the public.

The evening program includes the following activities:

• Ned Ladd, an associate professor of astronomy at Bucknell, will give the talk, "One Giant Leap," a discussion of the Apollo program and the first manned visit to the moon 40 years ago.

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

• Children will have the opportunity to make their own "lunar landers" 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 122-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 or visit the Observatory webpage.

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