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Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory Celebrates the Sun in July

May 27, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – The regular Friday night programs at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), will be replaced in July with three daytime “Celebration of the Sun” events. The special programs will be held at 4 p.m. on July 11, 18, and 25.

“It’s our ‘day star,’ ” Tom Burns, director of the observatory, said of the sun. “We will celebrate, talk about, and observe the sun with special telescopes.”

Other activities planned for July’ s soak-up-the-sun celebrations include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, and, of course, hearing the Perkins ghost story.

In June, the observatory will hold its regular evening programs, which include stargazing with the facility’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope (weather permitting). The night events scheduled for 9 p.m. on June 5, 12, 19, and 26 will provide the final opportunity to see Saturn and its rings this year.

Burns said this year is special for Perkins and all observatories, as 2009 marks the International Year of Astronomy as well as the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first exploration of the skies with a telescope.

Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events because many programs sell out far in advance. Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children (17 and under), and $4 for senior citizens (62 and older). Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door. To reserve tickets, or find out about at-the-door availability, call (740) 363-1257.

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