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Drake's Summer Observatory Program Concludes with Exploration of Astrology

July 17, 2006
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CONTACT: Charles Nelson, (515) 271-3034,

Lisa Lacher, (515) 271-3119,

The summer series of Friday evening public presentations at the Drake Municipal Observatory will conclude with a program titled “Astrology” on July 21. The program will explore famous astrologers and their predictions.

The session is free and open to the public, and starts at 8 p.m. at the observatory in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines. The summer series is presented by Herbert Schwartz and Charles Nelson of Drake’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The session is a non-technical, illustrated presentation followed by the opportunity to view several stellar objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes. The program will be held regardless of the weather, although the selection for observation is subject to change due to sky conditions or other special circumstances.

Individuals, families and small groups are welcome to attend. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.

The observatory sessions will resume in the fall. For more information, contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (515) 271-3141.