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Press Release

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida, the Alachua Astronomy Club, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the UF Student Government invite you to adventure into space for A Starry Night:
Close your Day... Open your Mind, a special Astronomy Museum Nights Event on Thursday, April 17th, 2008 from 5-9pm.

The Florida Museum of Natural History is open late on these special Thursday nights! Co-sponsored by the University of Florida Student Government.
See what surprises the night sky has to offer when you witness the heavens through the lens of a telescope. Take a tour of the constellations in the portable planetarium then enjoy presentations and activities, including a puppet show and astro-art with the University of Florida Astronomy Department and the Alachua Astronomy Club.

Discovering New Worlds: The Search for Earth-Like Planets (6 p.m.) Lecture | Adventure with UF Astronomy Professor Eric Ford in his quest for understanding how planetary systems form. Discover the splendor of our own solar system, as we learn about extrasolar planets orbiting distant stars.

Visitors can explore the virtual night sky with Dr. Vicki Sarajedini in the StarLab Planetarium, learn about the UF Astronomy Dept. research including the connection between astronomy and technology, and view the Sun, planets and stars through telescopes.
Special children's activities such as astro-art, a scavenger hunt and a star-studded puppet show about stellar origins by the Astronomy Puppeteers will complete the evening.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided from 5pm.

Museum Nights are held at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza on SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

To contact the FMNH please call (352) 846-2000.

For more information see www.astro.ufl.edu/StarryNight/