January 19, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Observatory will host a Family Night Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Ned Ladd, associate professor of astronomy, will give the talk, "King of Planets," a look at Jupiter, the solar system's most massive planet.

Recording artist and songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner will entertain families with songs of the stars and planets.

Children will have the opportunity to make and take home Jupiter mobiles, featuring the giant planet and its largest moons.

"Family Night is for children and their families to learn together about astronomy while having fun on a cold winter evening," said Ladd, who began the annual Family Night event in 1998.

Weather permitting, the Observatory's telescopes will focus on the moon, Jupiter and the Great Nebula of Orion. Observatory facilities include the newly refurbished and updated 125-year-old Clark refracting telescope and several modern reflecting telescopes.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held rain or shine.

The Bucknell Observatory is located on the southern end of campus, next to the Mathewson-Memorial football stadium. For more information, call 570-577-1207.

Contact: Division of Communications

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