Fall Star Parties begin Saturday at Powell Observatory

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JOHNSON CITY (September 11, 2013) – The fall 2013 schedule of Star Parties at East Tennessee State University’s Harry Powell Observatory kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 14.

Each free public Star Party, or Observatory Open House, is from 8-10 p.m., with telescopes set up for visitors to view celestial objects.  ETSU astronomers will be available to answer questions. 

Each event also features a short talk on a popular astronomical topic given by a member of the ETSU Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty.  The topic for Sept. 14 is “Searching for Habitable Worlds: Results from Kepler,” presented by Dr. Mark Giroux, professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Additional Star Parties this fall are scheduled for Oct. 12 and Nov. 9.

Star Parties will be cancelled in the event of cloud cover.  Visitors uncertain of weather conditions may call the observatory in advance at (423) 929-3382 to make sure the open house will be held.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (423) 439-4231 or 439-8418.  Directions and a map are available at www.etsu.edu/cas/physics/observatory/.

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