Get a glimpse of the stars next Monday at Black Hawk College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Black Hawk College - East Campus Physical Science class will present a “Star Night” from 7:30-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. Everyone is invited to come and look through the college’s telescopes. They hope to get a good look at the planet Jupiter, currently closest to earth in the last 47 years, Uranus and the moon, in addition to the stars.

People with their own telescopes are strongly encouraged to come early and set them up. The class will set up at sunset, about 7:30 p.m. Star gazers will meet in the field below the Ag Arena.

If Jupiter were hollow, more than one thousand Earths could fit inside. The planet was known by astronomers of ancient times and was associated with the mythology and religious beliefs of many cultures. The Romans named the planet after the Roman god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter is on average the third-brightest object in the night sky after the moon and Venus.