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Drake Observatory to present hot rocks and gassy giants

July 9, 2010
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CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

The Drake Municipal Observatory will present "Hot Rocks and Gassy Giants" as part of its summer series on the solar system on Friday, July 9.  

This week's presenters will discuss "hot rocks," Mercury and Venus, and "gas giants," Uranus and Neptune.

The event will start at 9 p.m. in the observatory at 4898 Observatory Road in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines. Parking is available adjacent to the observatory.

The series, which is free and open to the public, will continue each Friday at 9 p.m. through July 16, with a non-technical, illustrated presentation by Charles Nelson or Herbert Schwartz of Drake University's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Each presentation will be followed by the opportunity to view several stellar objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes.

The programs are 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. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.

The series will conclude on July 16 with a presentation on "The Other Debris."

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