Space Science Center Joins in White House Astronomy Event

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage a special Astronomy Night program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in collaboration with a first of its kind “Star Party” at the White House, hosted by President Obama.

While the president and first lady host middle school students for an evening of interactive astronomy activities, the space science center in Columbus will offer similar activities to the general public, while streaming a live feed from the White House for large screen viewing in the center’s lobby at 701 Front Ave. Admission is free.

In Washington, invited students will view stars and planets from telescopes on the White House lawn. They also will participate in activities that involve scale models of the solar system, impact cratering and investigating moon rocks.

Meanwhile in Columbus, space science center staff will set up 8-inch and 10-inch telescopes outside the center for guest viewing. Guests also are also welcome to bring their own telescopes and request assistance from the center’s staff. A short introduction to the night sky, using the Space Science Center’s Omnisphere planetarium, will precede the outdoor program.

The event in Washington, also viewable via the White House Web site, is designed to highlight the president’s commitment to science, engineering and math education as the foundation of the United States’ global technological and economic leadership and to express his support for astronomy.

For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to www.ccssc.org.