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WCU astronomers to lead April 8 telescope viewing event at Jackson County Airport

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host a viewing of the nighttime sky with telescopes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Jackson County Airport.

The event, part of the 2016 North Carolina Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party, is free and open to the public.

WCU astronomy faculty will be on hand to show the stars, Jupiter and the moon through telescopes, and a short presentation on identifying planets and the spring constellations will be given. Since the event will be held outside, participants are encouraged to dress warmly. If skies are completely overcast, it will be canceled.

The North Carolina Science Festival spans two weeks, April 8-24, and includes more than 300 public science events across the state. More information about the festival can be found at

For more information about the April 8 telescope viewing, contact Enrique Gomez, WCU associate professor of physics and astronomy, at 828-227-2718.

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