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Astronomical viewing party this week on USCL campus

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By Jesef Williams

Are you interested in seeing distant stars and planets?

If so, then don’t miss an event at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster this week.

Dr. John Holt, a mathematics professor, is hosting an astronomical viewing party three different nights this week outside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Three telescopes will be set up for people to use. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their own telescopes.

Holt said now is an optimal time of the year to see some planets and other bodies. He expects several stars and Saturn to be in view during the week.

He hopes at least 100 people will attend.

“It’s a chance for the local public to come out and see some of our equipment and have some fun looking at the stars,” Holt said.

On Friday, hot dogs, hamburgers and tofu burgers will be available. Nightly viewings will be canceled if it is overcast.

There is no charge to attend the event, which will be on the side of the Bradley Building facing Starr Hall.

For details, call 313-7462 or e-mail jholt@mailbox.sc.edu.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152