News Release Details

1/21/2011

Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series continues with Pattern Asterisms

By Stephanie Caffall

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly lecture on Saturday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus entitled, Pattern Asterisms/. In this lecture, returning speaker John Chiravalle, a volunteer teacher at Discovery Park Campus, one of the operators of the 20” telescope at the Gov Aker Observatory, and author of, “Pattern Asterisms; A New Way to Chart the Stars,” will discuss the arrangement of stars seen in Earth’s night sky.

“They may be part of one of the official constellations that we are familiar with, or be composed of stars from anywhere in the night sky,” says Chiravalle. “Even before the dawn of civilization, it was common for people to see shapes formed by various stars in a ‘connect-the-dots’ stick-figure pattern.”

“Come and enjoy this fun presentation learning how to look with fresh eyes into the starry night sky to see what it holds for you,” says Paul Anger, Discovery Park Campus director.

There will be door prizes, Gallery tours, Space Shuttle simulator rides, and public viewing of night sky objects through the 20” Tinsley Telescope, all free of charge and minutes away from home.

For more information about this event or about Discovery Park Campus, contact Anger at (928) 428-6260.

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