Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Botanic Garden plans a night of star-gazing May 4

The West Virginia Botanic Garden will host its first-ever star-gazing night from 7:30-10:00pm, May 4, at the garden, on Tyrone Road. 
Advance registration is required,and donations are appreciated.  Registration opens Friday, at or with Erin Smaldone, at 304.216.8704. 
WVU Assistant Professor D. J. Pisano and the WVU Astronomy Club will be at the garden to tell stories about the night sky.  After dark, look through a telescope for a better view of the moon and the stars. 
May 4 is the peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, caused by Earth passing through dust particles from Halley's Comet, last visible in 1986.  Light refreshments will be provided. 
The garden is open daily, free of charge, from dawn to dusk.

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