Oct. 23, 2009
Morningside College is hosting a “Galilean Night” viewing session of the night sky with telescopes in honor of Italian astronomer Galileo. The viewing session will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, outside the Walker Science Center, 1707 Morningside Ave., on the Morningside campus. The event is open to the public.
According to Andrew Plumb, assistant professor of physics at Morningside, the local event is being held in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Project “Galilean Nights” that is taking place worldwide from Oct. 22 to 24.
“The purpose of the international Galilean Nights observance is to get amateur and professional astronomers, enthusiasts and the public from around the globe to point telescopes at the same planetary objects that Galileo observed 400 years ago,” Plumb said.
Faculty members from Morningside’s mathematical sciences department will be on hand at the Oct. 24 event to share their knowledge of celestial objects such as Jupiter, Venus and the moon. Telescopes will be available for use, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own telescopes.