Astronomy 101 Class Starts September 6th

Salem, Ore. - Learn how to identify the major constellations in the late-summer sky in a two-part class offered on September 6, 2007 and September 11, 2007.

Dr. Rick Watkins, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Willamette University, will provide a basic introduction to astronomy, focusing on identifying and locating major constellations and other celestial objects. The September 6th class runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A Street NE, next to Olinger Pool, near North Salem High School. The time and place for the September 11th outing to view planets and stars through a telescope will be announced at the first class.

The program is part of the Amateur Naturalist Series. The class costs $5 and is open to the public. The program and series is sponsored by the Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center.

Registration is required. To register, call 503-391-4145.

The Friends of the Straub Environmental Learning Center is a Salem-based, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education.