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Observatory Viewings Set for Nov. 3-6

Oct. 20, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls physics department continues its fall observatory viewing sessions on the first clear night of Nov. 3-6 in the observatory in Centennial Science Hall on campus.

Eileen Korenic, a UWRF physics professor, will present "Toys in Space," at 7:30 p.m. in room 271 CSH where she discusses a space mission that tested toys such as a yo-yo, Wheelo, Slinky, and paddleball among others to see how they would work under conditions of weightlessness.

A telescope viewing will follow in the observatory at 8 p.m., where stargazers will view Jupiter and its moons, the moon as a waxing crescent, Uranus, Neptune, globular and open clusters, nebulae, and several double stars including Albireo and red and blue pair. The telescope viewings take place on the 3rd floor outside deck of the same building; viewings typically run until 10 p.m.

All events are free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. Dressing for the weather is advised. Interested people are advised to check the UWRF physics department Web site ( and click on "observatory" or call 715-425-3560 on the night to see if skies are clear enough.

The next session of talks and viewings is set for the first clear night of Dec. 1-4, when the talk "Star of Bethlehem," will be presented. The talk will highlight Saturn, the only moon or planet in the solar system visible at this time.

For more information, contact by e-mail or telephone Eileen Korenic at or 715-425-3560 or Glenn Spiczak at or 715-425-3560. Contact Spiczak via e-mail to be placed on the e-mail viewing notification list.


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