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UTSA to hold free astronomy event June 18

16 Jun 2010, 22:53 UTC
UTSA to hold free astronomy event June 18
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(June 16, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, June 18 to enjoy "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The astronomy event is free and open to the public.

The evening begins with a 7:30 p.m. showing of the 1951 sci-fi film "Flight to Mars" in Science Building Room 2.02.02 (SB 2.02.02). The movie, starring Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, John Litel and Virginia Huston, tells the story of a newspaper reporter and four intrepid American astronauts on their first flight to Mars. Their initial landing is less than successful, but the astronauts survive and uncover a sinister plot. Will the native underground Martian civilization help them safely escape the planet's danger?

At approximately 8:45 p.m., weather permitting, attendees will have the opportunity to view the night sky using UTSA's telescopes, including a 15" telescope and several 8" Cassegrain telescopes. Night viewing will take place from the fourth floor patio of the Science Building, which is wheelchair accessible.

UTSA's monthly Friday Nights, Celestial Lights events began in 2009 as a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, which commemorated the 400th anniversary that Galileo Galilei used a telescope to observe the heavens. The series is sponsored by ...

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