The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 29, 2014

Bucknell Observatory to host Family Night Feb. 7

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — The Observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, will focus on activities for children and their families. It is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Isaac J. Tressler Fund for Astronomy at Bucknell.

Local singer/songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner will entertain children with songs about stars, constellations and other celestial phenomena. Bucknell professor of physics and astronomy Ned Ladd will present “How Many Planets?”, an interactive talk designed for children of all ages.

In addition, children can build their own planet-stackers and participate in other star-studded craft activities.

The Observatory’s telescopes will be open for viewing of the planet Jupiter as well as other wonders of the deep sky (if skies are clear). Bucknell astronomy students will be on hand to point out the constellations visible in the winter sky.

Facilities include the 127-year old Clark refracting telescope and several modern reflecting telescopes.

The Bucknell Observatory is located on the southern end of the Bucknell University campus, just south of the Christy Mathewson-Memorial football stadium. Ample parking is available. Call (570) 577-1207 for information.