News Release Details

3/1/2011

Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series continues with The History of the Telescope

By Stephanie Caffall

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly lecture entitled, The History of the Telescope, on Saturday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. In this lecture, speaker Ted Tiefel will discuss the use of telescopes through history and their impact on the way people think about our place in the universe. The lecture also takes a short journey through time to meet the early astronomers and their amazing instruments.

“From Hans Lippershey and Galileo to modern times, the telescope has undergone tremendous transformation over the past 400 years,” says Tiefel. “From a simple tube with hand-ground glass lenses to the magnificent technological and mechanical wonders like the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on our own Mt. Graham, the telescope has expanded our knowledge and continues to uncover the mysteries of the universe.”

“The simple technology that we take for granted now was once experimental and considered ‘questionable,’” says Paul Anger, Discovery Park Campus director. “It really makes you wonder what the intellectual giants who furthered the fields of astronomy would be able to accomplish with the ‘cutting edge’ equipment and technologies we have available today.”

This presentation is suitable for all ages and families. 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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