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8/8/2008

EAC’s Discovery Park Campus to present “Scorpius,” first in a series of astronomy lectures

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC’s Discovery Park Campus and the Desert Sky Gazers Astronomy Club presents “Scorpius,” the first in a series of astronomy lectures at the Discovery Park Campus at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008. [Contributed photo]
 

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—The Discovery Park Campus of Eastern Arizona College and the Desert Sky Gazers Astronomy Club will co-sponsor a series of astronomy lectures entitled “Desert Sky Gazers presents.” The free series is open to the public and will include a slide show and lecture about topics ranging from constellations and planets to the recent activity of the Phoenix Mars probe.

The Scorpius constellation will be the topic of the series’ first lecture, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 in the Jupiter Room of the Discovery Park Campus.

According to mythology, Gaea, the Greek goddess of the Earth, sent Scorpius to kill the mighty hunter Orion for fear that he would destroy all of her animals, as he had boasted. After he was stung and killed, Gaea placed Orion at one end of the sky and Scorpius at the other end, to prevent them from engaging in another battle.

One of the features of Scorpius is the great star Antares, in the middle of his body. Both Scorpius and Antares are visible in the southwestern sky shortly after sunset. Each night through the late summer and into the fall, the constellation will get higher and higher. In fact, finding Scorpius is the easiest way to locate Jupiter in the autumn.

Bob Hiatt, vice president of the Desert Sky Gazers Astronomy Club, will present this first astronomy lecture.

For more information about the “Desert Sky Gazers presents” lecture series or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, call (928) 428-6260.

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