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March 28, 2001

Life Cycle of Stars and More at
CSUS Observatory's 'Public Nights'

Amateur stargazers and dedicated space aficionados of all ages can join California State University, Sacramento professors for an informative look at the night sky this spring.

Three of the popular "Public Nights" events are scheduled in coming months. The events all begin with a lively 45-minute lecture and end with a session at the CSUS Observatory atop Amador Hall.

Each lecture begins at 8 p.m. in Mendocino Hall 1015. Viewing at the Observatory is from 9 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Dates are:

· Friday, April 6: "A New Window on the Universe: An Overview of Gamma-ray Astronomy," with Clay Bratton.

· Friday, April 27: "From Pickering's Harem to Heidi Hammel: The Role of Women in Astronomy," with Donald Hall

· Friday, May 11: "The Birth, Life and Death of Stars," with Randy Phelps

Parking is free from one hour prior to and one hour after the event in the student section of the parking structure, which is on the west side of campus. After 5 p.m. on the night of the event, information on the likelihood that weather will allow viewing will be on a recording at (916) 278-6268. Lectures will be given regardless of weather.

More information is available by contacting the CSUS physics and astronomy department at (916) 278-6518. Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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