The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University will host two free sessions on astronomy. The sessions will be held on April 8 and April 15 from 10:00 am to11:30 am at the Moorings Park Learning Center, on Goodlette Road, just south of Pine Ridge.
During the first session, participants will learn about the objects that amateur star-gazers like to observe. What can you see of Venus or Jupiter through a backyard telescope? Celestial wonders such as globular clusters, planetary, and emission nebula, comets and galaxies are explained as well as the means to find them in the night sky.
The second session will focus primarily on comets, featuring an overview of these apparitions that are actually members of our solar system. Once thought to be harbingers of tragedy and pestilence, comets sometimes put on a fabulous night-time display. Learn the secrets of finding and observing comets without a telescope.
The session will be conducted by David Southall, the Curator of Education at the Collier County Museum, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Mr. Southall is a graduate of S.U.N.Y at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Master’s at Cornell University.
The session is free of charge but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133.