February 23, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Fun Night Saturday, March 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by the Bucknell University department of physics and astronomy and the Susquehanna Valley Amateur Astronomers, the event focuses on activities for children and their families.

Storyteller Fiona Powell will entertain children with stories about stars, constellations and other celestial phenomena. Bucknell physics and astronomy professor Ned Ladd will present "Rainbow, Prisms, and Starlight: the Wonders of Light," an interactive talk designed for children of all ages.

Children can build their own rainbow-makers and participate in other star-studded craft activities.

The Observatory's telescopes will be open for viewing of the Moon, the planets Mars and Saturn, and other wonders of the deep sky (if skies are clear). Facilities include the 119-year old Clark refracting telescope and several modern reflecting telescopes. In addition, astronomers will be on hand to point out the constellations visible in the winter sky.

The event is free and open to the public and will proceed rain or shine.

The Bucknell Observatory is located on the southern end of the Bucknell University campus, just south of the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Ample parking is available. Call 577-570-1207 for information.

Story posted Feb. 23, 2006


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