UofL planetarium offers telescope workshop and stargazing program


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Shopping for a telescope and don’t know a reflector from a refractor? If so, a Nov. 7 workshop at the University of Louisville’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium is for you.

    “As we enter the holiday season, we typically get many phone calls from people who want to know what type of telescope they should buy,” said planetarium director Rachel Connolly. “This workshop demystifies the telescope and helps you navigate all the options.”

    The workshop is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is immediately followed by the planetarium’s monthly sky show, “Skies Over Louisville,” at 9 p.m. Each program costs $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Participants who want to attend both the workshop and the sky show can do so for a discounted price of $13 for adults and $9 for children. The programs are free for planetarium members.

    Connolly said the workshop is one of many telescope-related events around the world this year to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope. This workshop is one of those events.

    The UofL workshop covers several types of telescopes and explains how to use and maintain them. Those who already own a telescope and need help figuring it out also are encouraged to attend.

    “Skies Over Louisville,” which introduces stargazers to the night sky, includes a star map and explains the mythology related to the constellations, is suitable for all ages.

    For more details on these and other programs at Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, call 502-852-6664 or see http://louisville.edu/planetarium/.

    Cindy Hess
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