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Drake Observatory program to explore ‘Very Weird Stars’

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

The twinkling lights in the night sky will be the focus of the spring series of Friday evening public presentations at the Drake Municipal Observatory.

The free series will continue with a presentation on “Very Weird Stars” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the observatory in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines.

Each week there will be a non-technical, illustrated presentation on an astronomical topic by Charles Nelson or Herbert Schwartz of Drake’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The presentation will be 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 the presentations, which begin at 8 p.m. each Friday through May 9. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.

The schedule for the remainder of the spring series is listed below:

  • May 2: “Stars That Are Not Alone.”
  • May 9: “The Future of Stars.”

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