Learn "ten things you may not know about the solar system" on Oct. 15

The community is invited to hear “Ten Things You May Not Know About the Solar System” during an Observatory Open House at the Community College of Aurora on Oct. 15. The 6:30 p.m. open house will include the observation of various deep sky objects through the only public observatory in Aurora, weather permitting.

The presentation will be given by Victor Andersen, CCA faculty of astronomy and physics. The talk, which is free, will take place in the college’s Fine Arts Building Forum. Andersen has extensive experience in physics and astronomy, and he serves as CCA’s affiliate director to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.

Another public observatory night and open house will be held at CCA on Friday, Nov. 12, with a presentation by Larry Sessions. Sessions is a veteran space and astronomy writer based in Colorado and will speak on “Colorado Skies: Science, Stories, and Stars.” The presentation encapsulates a look at the stars and constellations of fall and winter in Colorado. Sessions has written for Space.com, Sky & Telescope, and Rolling Stone. He is a “Solar System Ambassador” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is an adjunct faculty member at CCA. The event is free and open to the public.

Both events will take place in CCA’s Fine Arts Building, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora. For more information, visit http://www.ccaurora.edu/observatory.

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