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Nov. 4 star-gazing event promises family fun


October 21, 2008

Celestial sights including the moon and Jupiter will come into clear focus through telescopes set up for public viewing at Arizona State University’s West campus, Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  This fall 2008 version of the campus’s popular Astronomy Open House program is dubbed “Election Night Under the Stars,” and is free and open to the public.

“Visitors who arrive early should also get the chance to view Venus through a telescope,” says Paul Schmidtke, senior lecturer in astronomy with ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “Depending on sky conditions, there are a number of intriguing sights in the early November sky that we expect to be able to see.”

Valley residents have been visiting ASU’s West campus for more than a decade to join astronomy faculty members and students for telescope viewings. “It’s literally fun for the whole family,” Schmidtke says. “For many participants, it’s the first chance they’ve ever had to look at the stars through a telescope.”

Election Night Under the Stars takes place along the bicycle path west of the multipurpose field, near the Central Plant building. ASU’s West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

For more information, contact Paul Schmidtke at paul.schmidtke@asu.edu.