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Motlow College Foundation annual Star Party set for Sept. 19 on Moore County campus

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Motlow College Foundation and the Motlow STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Outreach program will host its annual Star Party on Saturday, Sept. 19, on the Moore County campus. The public is invited to this free event which begins at 7 p.m. in the Regions Bank parking lot.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, bug spray and jackets if desired. If there is inclement weather or total cloud cover and rain, the program will be rescheduled for a later date.

Billy Hix, director of the Motlow College Foundation STEM Outreach program, will host the event while leading an educational discussion about the universe, and the public will have an opportunity to view celestial objects with a telescope. Sept. 19 is also International ‘Observe the Moon Night’ and part of the event will focus on the moon.

“We’ll start with a short lesson while we wait for the night sky to get really dark,” said Hix. “Next, we will conduct a planetarium program using the stars above our heads while attendees learn some of the constellations in the night sky and some of the mythology that goes with them. We will close the evening with viewing some selected objects in telescopes that are offered for viewing, weather permitting.”

Hix is a nationally recognized educator who has been featured on various forms of media for his science outreach work. In addition to directing the Motlow STEM Outreach program, he is a dedicated astronomer who has served as a teacher liaison for the Space Foundation of Colorado, a consultant for NASA, and is a member of the Von Braun Astronomical Society of Huntsville.

For more information about the event or STEM, please contact Billy Hix at <> or (931) 393-1609.