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Astronomy Day scheduled for May 7

RELEASED: April 28, 2011

man looking through a telescopeEAU 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 7 near the north entrance of Phillips Science Hall.

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

Participants will have the opportunity to examine the sun using a solar-filtered telescope and a radio telescope, and build and launch rockets made from two-liter bottles. There will be free 30-minute planetarium shows on the hour from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A short presentation will begin at 11:30 a.m. regarding NASA's Dawn Mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Hands-on displays will highlight meteorites, the scale of the solar system and radioactivity.

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

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

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