The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 6, 2013

Family Night at Bucknell observatory set for Saturday

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — The observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell.

Local singer-songwriter Billy Kelly will entertain children with songs about stars, constellations and other celestial phenomena. Ned Ladd, associate professor of physics, will present “Rainbow, Prisms and Starlight: the Wonders of Light,” an interactive talk designed for children of all ages.

The observatory’s telescopes will be open for viewing of the planet Jupiter and the Great Nebula of Orion as well as other wonders of the deep sky. Bucknell astronomy students will be on hand to point out the constellations visible in the winter sky.

The observatory is on the southern end of the campus, just south of the football stadium. Parking is available. Call 577-1207 for information.