The Modesto Junior College Astronomy Club invites the community to view the stars at the next Telescope Night from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 3, on the fourth floor rooftop of the Science Community Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Interested persons of all ages are invited. Telescope Night admission and campus parking are free for the evening.

Telescope Night provides community members with opportunities to learn about space by providing access to astronomical resources in the Science Community Center, including multiple 12-inch telescopes and a 28-inch telescope/camera. (Telescope viewing is dependent on the weather.)

A member of the MJC Astronomy Club who can explain what is being viewed and answer questions will staff each telescope. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the student-based Astronomy Club. 

The MJC Great Valley Museum will also be offering two planetarium shows on April 3 at 8:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., and on Saturday, April 4, there will be three shows: 10 a.m., “Earth, Moon and Sun”; 11:30 a.m., “Ultimate Universe”; and 1 p.m., “Tour of the Galaxy.” 

Tickets to the planetarium shows are $5 each and they are available in advance at the GVM Nature Shop and before each show. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted to the planetarium. Seating is limited to the first 100. The Planetarium is on the first floor of the Science Community Center. 

For information on the planetarium, visit the MJC GVM websiteor call the GVM at209-575-6196.

For information on Telescope Night, contact Professor Noah Hughes at hughesn@mjc.eduor209-575-6800. Information on the Astronomy Club is also available on their Facebook page.

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