Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2015 7:20 pm

Grinnell College’s Summer Astronomy Program for students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade this fall offers the opportunity to explore planets, stars and galaxies.

The program, set for 8 p.m. July 21, 22 and 23, features presentations, activities and discussions. Weather permitting, each two-hour session will include observing astronomical objects with the telescope at Grinnell College's Grant O. Gale Observatory, which is north of Tenth Avenue and west of the railroad tracks; north of the baseball diamond and track.

Topics to be covered are:

July 21       PLANETS: What are planets like? What makes a planet suitable for life? Is there life elsewhere in our solar system, or in other solar systems?

July 22       STARS: What makes stars shine? Where do stars come from and why do some of them end their lives as black holes? What kinds of stars might have planets that could support life?

July 23       GALAXIES AND THE UNIVERSE: What is the universe like? How much do we know about where it came from and what will happen to it in the future?

The program is free and open to students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade this fall. Students who will start ninth grade this fall also may attend, if space permits. To register, call 269-3172 by Friday, July 17.

Although participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions, it’s possible to attend one or two. Each student may be accompanied by one adult. For more information, contact Grinnell College Professor of Physics Bob Cadmus at 269-3016 or 269-3014 or 236-8398.

Attached photo: Grinnell College Professor of Physics Bob Cadmus teaches students how to use a telescope in the Grant O. Gale Observatory.

Summer Observatory Program