Department of Engineering Physics sponsors comet-watching event

November 8, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Engineering Physics is sponsoring An Early Morning of Comet-watching and Stargazing at the UW-Platteville Cooper Living and Learning Center on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 5-7 a.m. The event will be presented by Dr. Paul Strycker, UW-Platteville physics lecturer.

Comet ISON will encounter the sun on Nov. 28. While the best viewing of this comet may be after it passes the sun, the encounter with the sun may also destroy it. This event is an opportunity to view the comet before it reaches the sun. Binoculars will be provided for individual use during the event. Planets, a nebula and Comet ISON will also be shown through a telescope.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 5:45 a.m. in order to see the comet. In the case of inclement weather, an indoor event and informal discussions about Comet ISON and tools for observing the night sky will be held inside the Cooper Living and Learning Center.

Contact: Dr. Paul Strycker, department of engineering physics, (608) 342-1519, stryckerp@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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