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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: April 29, 1999

CSUS Physics/Astronomy Open House and Observatory Viewing May 14

The department of physics and astronomy at California State University, Sacramento will hold an open house May 14 highlighted by a public viewing at the Astronomical Observatory.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in Mendocino Hall 1015 with a lecture "Concealing Its Age: Just How Old is the Universe?" by Randy Phelps, CSUS professor of astronomy. Phelps is a member of one of the research teams trying to find the age of the Universe. His talk will address the history of the quest and current research methods.

Clear weather permitting, the Observatory, located on the 4th floor of Amador Hall, will open at 8 p.m. Viewers will have an opportunity to observe nearby planets as well as numerous deep sky objects. A telephone recording at 278-6268, after 5 p.m., will inform callers of the likelihood for observatory viewing that evening.

The lecture and viewing are free. Parking also is free on the 4th floor of the parking structure from one hour prior to one hour after the open house.

More information is available by calling the department of physics and astronomy at 278-6518 or the public affairs office at 278-6156.


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