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PCC East Campus Observatory Hosts Astronomy Magazine Viewing Event, Feb. 16

February 15, 2013

Tucson, AZ -- Pima Community College's East Campus Observatory will be a hub of activity on Saturday as it hosts a skywatching party sponsored by Astronomy magazine.

Members of the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA) will have filtered telescopes set up for safe solar observing during the day, allowing those attending to view sunspots, prominences and flares. Those telescopes, as well as PCC's two 14-inch telescopes also will be available for viewing after sunset.

This is the first time Astronomy magazine has had an event at East Campus, said David G. Iadevaia, Astronomy and Physics faculty. He said the magazine's senior editor, Michael Bakich, contacted the college about hosting the event.

Throughout the event, astronomy-based talks will be held, displays will be set up and free materials, including Astronomy magazine, will be offered. Three editors of Astronomy magazine will give presentations: Mike Reynolds, contributing editor and meteoriticist; David J. Eicher, editor; and Bakich.

Also giving presentations will be: Keith Schlottmann, TAAA president, and Scott Kardel, International Dark Sky Association (IDA) president.

For detailed information on presenters and exhibitors, go to the Astronomy News page of Astronomy magazine.

PCC established the observatory at East Campus in 1989. Besides being regularly used by students, it is available for public use. The observatory hosts PCC's occasional Lecture Under the Stars series. To learn about public availability of the observatory, contact Iadevaia, Astronomy and Physics faculty, 520-206-7653.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850