Lake Afton observatory schedules new winter programming

12/23/2012 12:27 AM

12/23/2012 12:27 AM

Wichita State University will hold several new programs this winter at Lake Afton Public Observatory, including “Life Story of a Star,” “Journey to Jupiter” and three astrophotography programs.

In “Life Story of a Star,” visitors will get a chance to view various stages in a star’s life cycle through the observatory’s 16-inch telescope.

The first presentations will be Jan. 4 and 5 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The program will run through the end of April.

“Journey to Jupiter” will take guests on a journey to the largest planet in our solar system. In the program, the many moons and cloud features of Jupiter will be explored.

The program will begin Jan. 18 and will have various presentations on Fridays and Saturdays through April.

An astrophotography program will also be offered. Anyone with a camera that has a removable lens can take celestial photos using the observatory’s telescope as a giant telephoto lens.

The program will feature Jupiter, the Orion nebula and the first quarter moon. and will take place on various Saturdays monthly.

Admission to the observatory is $5 for adults and $3 for children, free for children under 6.

There’s also a family special that admits two adults and their immediate children or grandchildren for $15.

The observatory is on MacArthur Road at 247th Street West in Lake Afton County Park.

For more information, go to webs.wichita.edu/lapo.

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