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Learn about Telescopes and the Stars at Planetarium Workshop

October 20, 2009 in College News, Planetarium News

Give someone special, or yourself the gift of the universe this year.

On November 7, 2009, the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium will host a workshop about purchasing and using a telescope. A Skies Over Louisville program will be held the same evening to educate telescope users about the night sky.

The workshop covers different types of telescopes, explains how they work and discusses maintenance tips. Those who have already own a telescope and need help figuring it out are also encouraged to attend.

“As we enter the holiday season, we typically get a lot of phone calls from people who want to know what type of telescope they should buy,” said planetarium director Rachel Connolly. “This workshop demystifies the telescope.”

Connolly said there have been many telescope-related events around the world during 2009 to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s use of a telescope. This workshop is one of those events.

The telescope workshop is from 7:30-9 p.m. and is immediately followed by the planetarium’s monthly stargazing event, Skies Over Louisville at 9 p.m. Each program costs $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Participants who want to attend both programs can do so for a discounted price of $13 for adults and $9 for children. The programs are free for planetarium members.

Skies Over Louisville is suitable for all ages, introduces stargazers to the night sky, includes a star map and explains mythology related to the constellations.

For more details on these and other programs at Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, call 502-852-6664 or go to, http://louisville.edu/planetarium.