Christening February as "Saturn Month," the Fort Hays State University Astronomy Club will offer spectators the opportunity to view the sixth planet via Albertson and Tomanek halls' telescopes beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 with a presentation by Dr. Kayvan Aflatooni (KAY-von ahflah-TOON-i), assistant professor of physics at FHSU.
He will present information about the planet in Tomanek Hall, room 106.
Afterwards, the public will be guided to one of two viewing locations: a 10-inch, computer-controlled reflecting telescope at the Tomanek observation deck, or a vintage 8-inch, refracting telescope in the Albertson observatory, which is always a crowd favorite.
"With its intricate system of rings and shepherding moons, Saturn is truly a beautiful celestial object to view with the university telescopes," said Dr. Ken Trantham, assistant professor of physics.
While donations are welcome, the viewing is free and open to the public and FHSU students.
After Saturn, the Astronomy Club will continue with viewings of a different planet each month until the end of the spring 2004 semester.
For more information about monthly planetary viewings, contact Trantham by phone at (785) 628-4501 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular sky observation times for the public and students will be Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10 p.m. on Albertson Hall's fourth floor and from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on Tomanek Hall's observation deck.