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UW-Eau Claire to host Astronomy Day May 4

May 1, 2013

AstronomyDayEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the annual Astronomy Day for the Chippewa Valley from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4 near the north entrance of Phillips Science Hall.

Astronomy Day, which will include displays and activities about astronomy for all ages, is sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Planetarium and the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society.

Participants will be able to touch authentic rocks from space while visiting the meteorite table, which will include a small display of meteorites on loan from NASA. Free 30-minute planetarium shows will be offered on the hour from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Participants also can examine the sun using a solar-filtered telescope and a radio telescope, and examine hands-on displays that highlight planets, spectroscopy, the scale of the solar system and radioactivity. At noon, participants also can build and launch rockets made from two-liter bottles.

Hobbs Observatory will host public observing of the night sky from 9-11 p.m. May 4, weather permitting. The observatory is located across the road from the Beaver Creek Reserve nature center, four miles north of Fall Creek. Volunteers from the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society open the telescopes to the public every clear Saturday night from May through October.

Astronomy Day is free and open to the public.

More information about Astronomy Day is available online or by calling the UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy department at 715-836-3148.

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