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April 2009

Release Date: April 2, 2009ASU Logo

‘Sun Day’ Activities at the ASU Planetarium

The Angelo State University Planetarium will wrap up its weekend celebration of the “100 Hours of Astronomy” with an afternoon of public activities Sunday, April 5, on the ASU campus.

The last day of the “100 Hours of Astronomy” weekend has been designated to highlight and celebrate the Sun. Activities will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday with a special presentation on the Sun in the ASU Planetarium, followed by observations of the Sun using telescopes and other devices at exactly mid-day, 1:44 p.m. All of the activities are open free to the public. The Planetarium is located in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

“Let’s enjoy Sunday,” said Dr. Mark Sonntag, Planetarium director, “when we all have some free time and a day off, to learn about our star and celebrate its brilliance in our daytime sky.”

The Earth owes its existence to its closest stellar neighbor since, without the Sun, all life on the planet would perish. The Sun also contains almost 98 percent of our solar system’s mass. More than 100 Earths would fit across the Sun’s disc and the interior of the Sun could contain 1.3 million Earths.

“100 Hours of Astronomy” is a global astronomy event that runs April 2-5. It was organized as part of the ongoing International Year of Astronomy.

For more information, call the ASU Planetarium at 942-2136.

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