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Learn to use a telescope at clinic

Did you or your family just get a telescope for the holidays but are not sure how to use it? Or do you have a telescope in the closet and want to finally make good use of it? 

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Western Carolina University will host a telescope clinic, followed by a public viewing using in-house telescopes on Friday, Feb. 11, at the 5th floor terrace of the Apodaca Science Building.

Members of the public are invited to bring their telescope and get pointers from a professional astronomer on how to use it, beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., WCU astronomy faculty will show the moon and other highlights of the winter evening sky. 

The event is free and open to the public. Participants can show up at any time and are urged to dress warmly. In case of bad weather or overcast skies, the clinic and viewing will be canceled. In recognition of continuing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing if there is a large crowd present. Masks are required indoors at the WCU campus.

Contact Enrique Gómez at 828-227-2719 for more information.

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