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Learn about galaxies at ASU Earth & Space Open House

February 11, 2014

ASU’s Earth & Space Open House is set to take place from 7 to 10 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Visitors to the free event can attend a public lecture, gaze at the sky through telescopes, watch science demonstrations and explore the interactive displays in ISTB 4, which is located at the corner of McAllister and Terrace.

The theme for this open house is galaxies, and it will feature a public lecture by School of Earth and Space Exploration astrophysics doctoral candidate Teresa Ashcraft. The lecture, titled “The Universe’s Menagerie of Galaxies," will be held at 8 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater. Ashcraft will begin the exploration of the Universe by examining Hubble Space Telescope images of nearby galaxies.

Lectures are 45 minutes long, followed by a 15-minute Q-and-A session. Seating is on a first-come basis.

There will be two 3-D planetarium shows in the Marston Exploration Theater at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Telescopes will be set up from 8 to 10 p.m. next to Skyscape art installation (new location).

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance of ISTB 4, located on the building’s north side.

The monthly open house is partially sponsored by the School of Earth and Space Exploration, GeoClub and AstroDevils: ASU Astronomy Club. The final two open house dates for the spring are March 28 (featuring EarthScope – An Earth Science Program) and April 25 (featuring Mars and Curiosity). 

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The School of Earth and Space Exploration is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.