The Coca-Cola Space Science Center at Columbus State University will hold a special Astronomy Night program tonight in collaboration the first "Star Party" at the White House.
While President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama host middle school students for an evening of interactive astronomy activities, the space science center in Columbus will offer similar activities to the public, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. The center will also stream a live feed from the White House in the lobby.
Center staff will set up eight inch and 10-inch telescopes outside the center on Front Avenue for guest viewing. People can also bring their own telescopes and request assistance from the center's staff. There will also be a short introduction to the night sky in the center's Omnisphere planetarium before the outdoor program.
Admission is free.
Meanwhile, in Washington, student will view stars and planets from telescopes on the White House lawn and participate in activities involving scale models of the solar system, investigating moon rocks and impact cratering.
The event, which is designed to emphasize Obama's commitment to science, engineering and math education, will also be viewable from the White House Web site.
For more information, call 706-649-1477.