A return of moon rocks and soil and a discussion about the upcoming celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 moon landing will highlight the MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Star Party set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3.
Dr. Irina Perevalova will lead the event in Room 102 of Wiser-Patten Science Hall.
First Friday Star Parties are a way for the department to bring the MTSU, Murfreesboro and surrounding communities together. There will be a lecture followed by telescope viewing outdoors, weather permitting.
The event is free and open to the public, and families are always welcome at MTSU’s Star Parties.
Along with the show-and-tell portion with the moon rocks and moon dust, Perevalova plans a 40- to 45-minute event to cover highlights from the July 20, 1969, moon landing by U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (1930-), the first humans to land on the moon.
“We’ll try to make it interesting, have some activities for children and answer questions that people have,” said Perevalova, who first brought the special moon rocks collection to MTSU in 2013.
The moon rocks will remain at MTSU for a short time, she said.
For more information, call 615-898-2130 or visit www.mtsu.edu/observatory/star_parties.php.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of 11 in MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)