Open House Night in Astronomy returns June 26 to Penn State Behrend

Ever peer toward the stars on a clear summer night and ponder what you see?

Darren Williams and Jim Gavio want to help you answer that question.

Williams, professor of physics and astronomy at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and Gavio, director of the Erie Planetarium at Penn State Behrend, will offer suggestions for astronomy beginners in “Getting Started in Astronomy,” the next Open House Night in Astronomy lecture on the campus.

Their presentation will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, in 21 Witkowski Building. It is free and open to the public. Astronomical observing from the college’s Mehalso Observatory will follow the program, weather permitting, from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Williams and Gavio will discuss relevant information to help beginners get started in astronomy, including the objects that can be viewed from a back yard, what can be seen through a small telescope and the cost of telescopes. Constellations and meteor showers will also be covered.

“There’s no better way to reconnect with a star-filled cosmos than to simply look up and see it for yourself,” Williams says.

Open House Nights in Astronomy are an outreach program of the School of Science at Penn State Behrend. These nontechnical presentations are intended for ages 8 and up; for additional information, contact the school at 814-898-6105.

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Last Updated June 14, 2014