|May 27, 2003|
COMMUNITY INVITED TO STAR
Mission College brings the
heavens to Sylmar when it holds an "Evening Under the Stars"
on June 6 at Veterans Park.
The community is invited to
the event, which will feature a brief lecture suited for non-astronomers,
followed by stargazing through telescopes that will be arranged in Veterans
Park. There is no charge.
The event is the inspiration
of instructor Richard Rains, who has taught astronomy and physics at Mission
College for the last 12 years and for more than 20 years overall in the
Los Angeles Community College District.
"It always gives me joy
to see the sense of awe most people come away with the first time they
look through a telescope," said Rains. "I want to share that
Rains feels too many people
never have the opportunity to look through a telescope, particularly in
economically disadvantaged communities. The educational or career choices
of some, he said, might change if they have this opportunity.
Guests will include two of
Rains' former students: Farisa Morales, an astrophysics researcher with
the Space Infrared Telescope Facility project at JPL; and Jose Ceja, a
Master's candidate in physics at CSUN who conducts research at the San
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center in Veterans Park, 13000 Sayre Street, Sylmar. Telescopes for viewing after dark will be set up outdoors in the park proper.
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