Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UIS attraction is a great way to spend the weekend

Star Parties, hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield, are gatherings for everyone from amateur astronomers to star-crossed lovers in the observatory at UIS’ Brookens Library.

Star Parties are a way to see the shining, bright sky and learn a few new things about space from UIS astronomy and physics professors. These parties are pretty popular, attracting masses of people — including a few teens.

As we walked up the stairs to the observatory, John Martin, a professor of astronomy at UIS, told us a little more about the sun, the planets and the stars.

If you find yourself with nothing to do at 8 p.m. on a Friday, check out the star parties. They are a really fun way to learn more about outer space for free.

Star Parties were featured in a Voice article written by high school senior Jessica Grim. The article was published in an October 18, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.