Astronomy 101 talk

Dec 28, 2012

Rockland — The Rockland Public Library is offering the opportunity to explore our galaxy and solar system through a presentation in the community room at Rockland Public Library, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.

Ron Thompson of the Southern Maine Astronomers will give the talk.

The presentation will start with the Big Bang, travel to the Milky Way galaxy, the solar system, the sun and the planets. Information and instruction about observing the night sky (from viewing with the naked eye to using charts, planispheres, binoculars and telescopes) and solar viewing will be provided.

Audience members will also get a chance to view the Orion Starblast telescope, funded by a Cornerstones of Science grant. It is available for check out at the library’s reference desk.

Ron Thompson has been interested in astronomy since October 1957, while trying to see Sputnik and becoming awed by the beautiful night sky. He is the treasurer of the Southern Maine Astronomers.

Cornerstones of Science is an award-winning national science literacy organization based in Brunswick. Its mission is to connect children, teens, and adults to science and technology through superb books & programs in current scientific issues. The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St.

For more information, please call 594-0310.

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