News Release

For immediate release - January 2, 2014

Astronomy at the Cooper Library

Join us at the Cooper Memorial Library on Thursday, Jan. 16th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in room 108 for astrophysicist Kevin Manning and the Roadmap to the Stars: the Night Sky Explained. When you wish upon a star, wouldn't it be good to know which star it is and what constellation it lies in? Objects in the night sky can be pinpointed with a little understanding of the celestial sphere and its coordinates.

Kevin Manning is a gifted astronomer, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories. Kevin won national and international awards in his field, was both a Wright Fellow and an Einstein Fellow, and did some work with Brookhaven National Laboratory.

This presentation will also feature information about light pollution and its effects, and will include outdoor viewing of our night sky through the telescope. Hands-on activities using star charts will serve to bring the point home. This free program is fun and educational for all ages and everyone is strongly encouraged to attend.

This program is generously funded by the Edmond R. Amateis Foundation as part of our Green Living Series. For more information about this and other great upcoming programs at the library, please contact Dennis Smolarek at 352.536.2275 or email 


Media contact:
Dennis Smolarek
Reference Librarian

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