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Astronomy Day set for May 15

RELEASED: May 12, 2010

solar system imageEAU CLAIRE — The annual Astronomy Day for the Chippewa Valley will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15 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 the sun through a solar-filtered telescope and detecting radio emission from the sun using a small radio telescope and receiver. Free 30-minute planetarium shows also will be offered from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

In addition to the Astronomy Day activities happening at UW-Eau Claire, there also will be a free public talk titled "Seeing the Universe in Other Light" at 8 p.m. at Hobbs Observatory, which is located across the road from the Beaver Creek Reserve nature center in Fall Creek. Volunteers from the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society open the telescope to the public every clear Saturday night from May-October.

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

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