Astronomy program to ask attendees to 'look up'

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Astronomy program to ask attendees to 'look up'

September 21, 2011

An astronomy program is coming to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Woodward campus on Sept. 29. Patrice Fay, science educator for the Three Rivers Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (3RF) in Crowell, Texas, will discuss “NASA’s Future after the Space Shuttle” from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Commons Area.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

After her presentation, everyone is invited to a “star party” at the Crystal Beach Park Golf Course for a view of stars, galaxies and nebula through an exceptionally large telescope.

In case of cloudy weather, the visit will be rescheduled for late October or November, and the dates will be announced closer to new date.

Fay is scheduled to present to an elementary astronomy class in the afternoon taught by Bobette Doerrie, adjunct instructor of natural science.

Northwestern students from Doerrie’s astronomy class will be available to point out constellations and stars.
Amateur astronomers from Woodward’s Starcreek Astronomical Society will have their telescopes available for the public, too. The Starcreek group has partnered with Northwestern and the University of Central Oklahoma to present star parties at the Selman Living Laboratory observatory site near Alabaster Caverns, as well as at other locations.

The Three Rivers Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (3RF) is a private, non-profit foundation dedicated to engaging students, teachers and the general public in science education and outreach opportunities. Although programs can take volunteers and staff across the state of Texas, the main focus of programming is the area within a 100-mile radius of Crowell. The visit to Woodward is the first for an Oklahoma group.