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LSU to Host Astronomy Night: Attendees to Get Up Close with Physics Devices, Landolt Observatory

06/27/2012 12:53 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, in conjunction with the Office of Strategic Initiatives’ Innovation through Institutional Integration project, or I3, will host an Astronomy Night on Thursday, June 28, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., in Charles B. Coates Hall and in the Landolt Observatory in nearby Nicholson Hall.


The event is free and open to the general public; however, interested attendees must RSVP at


The night’s festivities will kick off in Room 152 of Coates Hall with a presentation from physics professor Greg Guzik, titled “Ballooning To the Edge of Space for Scientists and Students,” in which he will discuss LSU’s high-altitude-balloon-based research, including student participation.


At 6:45 p.m., visitors will have a picnic dinner in the LSU Quad, sponsored by I3. Later, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a hands-on physics demonstration in Room 109 of Nicholson Hall, with devices such as the Ruben’s Tube, Tesla Coil, Van de Graaff generator and liquid nitrogen, which will be used to create a surprise treat for the attendees.


At 8:15 p.m., visitors will move into the Landolt Observatory on top of Nicholson Hall, where they will have an opportunity to view the Moon, the planet Saturn, the International Space Station and other activity in space, with the assistance of LSU astronomy faculty and students. There will also be a Ham Radio demonstration by physics faculty members.


For more information, contact Kenneth “Kip” Matthews of the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy at 225-578-2740, or Charisma Edwards of the I3 project at 225-578-7222.


The vision of the Office of Strategic Initiatives is to support the high achievements of LSU students, faculty and staff through education, mentoring and research. By achieving this vision, this office will assist in raising LSU’s standing among its peers. The office’s additional goals include assisting the Office of Academic Affairs in implementing programs that encourage and enhance the diversity of the student body, particularly at the graduate level, and the diversity of the faculty, particularly in the sciences and engineering. For more information on the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives, visit


The I3 project is an institutional effort designed to integrate a large number of on-going programs at LSU, especially those led by the Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy.

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