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Observatory Talk Plumbs Holes in Big Bang Theory

NOV. 2, 2007--While it is the most widely accepted contemporary theory for the origin of the universe, the "big bang theory" does not quite answer all the questions that have been posed about the construction of the cosmos. The next viewing session and lecture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Observatory will feature this topic at 7:30 p.m. on the first clear night of Nov. 12-15.

This stargazing session's discussion is presented by Rellen Hardtke, an assistant professor of physics at UWRF, as she lectures on "Origin of the Universe: The Big Bang Theory Isn't the Whole Story." After a half-hour talk, participants can take in a viewing of the new to crescent moon, as well as Mars.

This event is held as part of the year-long observatory series hosted at UW-River Falls. All talks are held in room 271 of Centennial Science Hall, and viewing sessions take place on the outdoor third floor deck of the building.

Those interested in attending can call 715-425-3560 for more information on that the latest updates on the clarity of the sky each night or visit and under the link 'observatory.'

Observatory sessions are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend. Attendees are advised to wear weather-appropriate clothing. Viewers can expect to see a selection of deep sky objects, such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. A physics department faculty member, student or guest astronomer will staff each telescope and be available to answer any questions. Observers are encouraged to stay and look at as many elements as possible and feel free to request personal observing targets.

The UWRF Observatory houses a 16-inch Meade computer-controlled LX200GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and two 12-inch Meade LX200 telescopes that are usually mounted on the observing deck during public stargazing sessions.

For more information on the observatory, contact Glenn Spiczak at, and for information on the pre-observatory talks, contact Eileen Korenic at


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