Oct 23 - Nov 20 2009

Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy

The International Year in Astronomy (IYA) 2009 is a worldwide celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. It marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei, whose observations of Jupiter, Venus, and other celestial bodies revolutionized our view of the Universe.

To celebrate the IYA, West Chester University will be taking part in a local program involving area colleges called “No Night Without a Telescope.” On Friday October 23rd & 30th from 7:00-9:00 PM, and Nov. 6th, 13th, and 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM, astronomers at West Chester and members of the Chester County Astronomical Society will have portable telescopes set up on the lawn of the WCU Quad, where anyone will be able to look through telescopes at Jupiter, star clusters, the Moon, and more. Stop by and take a look!

In the case of clouds or rain, we will either open West Chester University's Planetarium, or have a public presentation in the Merion Science Center. Notification as to whether we will be outside or inside will be posted on this site by 5 PM on each Friday. Contact Bob Thornton for more details.

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Schedule at West Chester University

Date Time Current Status Clouds/Rain Plan
Oct 23 7:00-9:00 PM Clouds/Rain Plan is in effect Planetarium Shows on the half hour. Waiting area for shows is down the hall is Merion 113 (map)
Oct 30 7:00-9:00 PM Clouds/Rain Plan is in effect Activities in Merion Science Center Room 113 (map)
Nov 6 6:00-8:00 PM Outside as planned No indoor activities
Nov 13 6:00-8:00 PM Clouds/Rain Plan is in effect Activities in Merion Science Center and Planetarium Shows
Nov 20 6:00-8:00 PM Clear skies - we will be outside Clear weather! - No indoor activities