Free lecture at Norman museum puts focus on stargazing

Oklahoman Published: June 30, 2009
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photo - Sarah Lenkem, 13, of Norman, looks through a telescope during an April stargazing session outside of Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Sarah Lenkem, 13, of Norman, looks through a telescope during an April stargazing session outside of Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
NORMAN — Novice stargazers may find observing the night sky both confusing and discouraging.

Nick Lazzaro, president of Odyssey Astronomy Club and founder of Ten-Acre Observatory, said one way to find necessary information while getting started is to get involved in an astronomy club.

Lazzaro will give a free lecture about stargazing basics at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave. Lazzaro’s presentation will include what’s out there to look at, where it is and how to go about finding it.

After the presentation, there will be a stargazing session with telescopes provided on the museum grounds, weather permitting. Binoculars donated by Astronomics will be given away before the lecture.

A retired technical illustrator and current small-business owner, Lazzaro said he’s had a lifelong love of the sciences. Getting his first telescope at the age of 35, he observed the moon and planets for about two years before getting the "deep sky bug.”

Lazzaro joined Odyssey Astronomy Club and became president in 1999 when he bought and moved to a site near Tribbey and opened Ten-Acre Observatory.

The lecture is part of the International Year of Astronomy lecture series. For more information or a list of future lectures, go to www.snomnh.ou.edu/publicprograms or call 325-4712.


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For more information or a list of future lectures, go to www.snomnh.ou.edu/publicprograms or call 325-4712.

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