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Annual Astronomy Day to Be Held May 3
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 28, 2008

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

Astronomy Day, sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society and the L.E. Phillips Planetarium, is free and open to the public. The event will include displays and activities about astronomy for all ages.

Activities include viewing sunspots using a solar-filtered telescope, making and launching an air pressure rocket between noon and1 p.m. and listening to a radio telescope and receiver detect radio emission from the sun. There also is an hour-long children's planetarium show at 11 a.m. for $2. In addition, there will be free 30-minute planetarium shows from noon-2:30 p.m.

There will be display of meteorites, astrophotography and of refracting and reflecting telescope. Astronomy software designed to help observers learn their way around the night sky will be available to try.

Astronomy Day also marks the beginning of weekly public observing nights at Hobbs Observatory. Hobbs Observatory is located across the road from the Beaver Creek Reserve nature center in Fall Creek. Volunteers from the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society open the telescopes to the public every clear Saturday night from May through October.

For more information on Astronomy Day, contact the UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy department at 715-836-3148.

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