Celebrate International Year of Astraonomy with St. Paul’s Prime Timers

December 19, 2008

      To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical use of the telescope, 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy. The Prime Timers of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston, will celebrate the “year” on January 8 with a program by Joel Barna of The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy.

      Barna will present an overview of the history of McDonald Observatory along with a look at some of the cutting-edge research that the observatory’s astronomers are conducting and planning.

      A research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, McDonald Observatory is one of the world’s leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. Observatory facilities are located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. The Observatory’s administrative offices are on the UT-Austin campus. For more information about the observatory, see www.mcdonaldobservatory.org.

      The Prime Timers gather at 10:30 a.m., usually in Fondren Hall, and the program begins at 11. Lunch for $5 is served to those who make reservations by January 6 via 713-528-0527 or info@stpaulshouston.org.

      One does not have to be of Prime Timer age or a St. Paul’s member to attend the Prime Timer meetings.

St. Paul’s is located at 5501 Main Street at Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free parking is available across Fannin Street from the church, and the Museum District MetroRail stops are within walking distance of the church. Website: www.stpaulshouston.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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