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Family Stargazing Event April 28 at MSU St. Andrews

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Astronomy and Telescope Night

Did you know that late April offers the best opportunity to view the planet of Jupiter for all of 2017? Come to this event so you don’t miss it!

Jupiter and Mars will be in the sky, and a variety of telescopes will be available for viewing during the event.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars as well; these will make it easier to spot the moons of Jupiter, and perhaps a comet or asteroid depending on visibility. The young crescent moon will be in the sky that night–perfect for viewing the eastern lunar features normally not seen in later phases due to the moon’s glare. Instructors will also help attendees find and identity a number of brighter stars and constellations.

Families attending should dress for the weather as viewing will be conducted outside. Everyone is welcome inside for refreshments and restroom access. Photographers will be present—you may be asked for photo release permission.

If the weather is bad or extremely overcast for viewing, the event will move indoors. The staff will discuss the different types of telescopes used by astronomers, with opportunities for hands-on viewing (land-based) through our own collection of telescopes, along with a question-and-answer period about astronomy in general. Visit research.msu.edu/midland or Facebook.com/StAndrews for more information.

There is no charge for this event. This program is made possible in part by support from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.

Fri., April 28, 2017 – 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

1910 W. St. Andrews Road, Midland, Mich.

Cost: Free!

Instructor: Edmund Stark, PhD

Michigan State University programs, activities and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status. Please inform us if you need any special accommodation for accessibility at (517) 432-4499.

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