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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 20, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Planetarium Offers Chance to See ‘Galilean Nights’

The wonders of the night sky that Italian astronomer Galileo observed 400 years ago will be the subject of a special program offered by the Angelo State University Planetarium on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the parking lot of the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer.

The “Galilean Nights” program will begin at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting, and is open free to the public. In conjunction with the San Angelo Astronomy Association, the ASU Planetarium staff will have telescopes set up in the Vincent Building parking lot. Their focus will be on the objects that Galileo observed, including Jupiter and the Moon, which will be well-positioned in the night sky for viewing.

Following the special viewing, participants will be invited inside for the current public Planetarium show, “The Planets,” which will begin at 8 p.m. in the Planetarium Theater.

“Galilean Nights” is a 2009 Cornerstone Project to help celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.

For more information, call the ASU Planetarium at 942-2136.