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Summer Observatory Sessions Continue July 6

June 28, 2007
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CONTACT: Charles Nelson, 515-271-3034, charles.nelson@drake.edu;

Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

The summer series of Friday evening public presentations at the Drake Municipal Observatory continues with an exploration of "Amateurs: Small Scopes Making Big Discoveries" at 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the observatory in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines.

Each week there is a non-technical, illustrated presentation on an astronomical topic by Charles Nelson or Herbert Schwartz of Drake University's Department of Physics and Astronomy. The presentations are followed by the opportunity to view several stellar objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes. The programs 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 the presentations, which begin at 9 p.m. each Friday through July 13. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.

The summer series concludes July 13 with a presentation on "How to Buy a Telescope You Will Use and Not Get Tired of."

For more information, contact Drake's Department of Physics and Astronomy at 515-271-3141.