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Stars to 'star' at astronomy open house

March 22, 2011

The stars at night….are big and bright… Tempe as well as Texas.

And you can see them up close and personal at the free Astronomy Open House at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus March 25.

The open house, with the theme of “Stars,” will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on the roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences H-Wing, with telescopes available for sky viewing.

“The bright stars that you can see right now include Rigel, Betelgeuse, and Sirius,” said Teresa Ashcraft, open house chairwoman.

Also during the evening, guests will be able to take an astronomy quiz, learn about rocks with the GEO Club, see meteorites, view an “out-of-this-world” poster display, ask astronomers questions about the universe, and learn about the moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera table.

The open house will include a talk titled “Stars in Our Galaxy.”

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance to the Bateman H-wing. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Parking Garage. From the parking garage go west along the University Drive sidewalk (toward campus) until you see signs leading you to the entrance.

The open house is partially supported by the GEO Club and ASU Undergraduate Student Government.

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