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Citadel News Service
20 Feb 2009

Celebrating the 2009 International Year of Astronomy

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The Citadel is celebrating the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, which marks the anniversary of many astronomical and scientific milestones, including the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope to study the skies. 

On Tuesday Feb. 24, the first floor of The Citadel’s Grimsley Hall will become the home of two enormous prints of the Spiral Galaxy M101.  One print is a composite of more than 50 images from the Chandra X-Ray Satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope which take images in the infrared—the print is the Hubble Telescope’s largest and most detailed spiral galaxy image.  A second print shows the images for all three telescopes. The Citadel was one of only two science centers in South Carolina chosen to display the images.

Also on Feb. 24, College of Charleston Astronomy Professor Terry Richardson will talk about astronomical photography.  His presentation will take place in the Graham Copeland Auditorium (Grimsley Hall Room 117) on The Citadel campus.  A well known photographer, Richardson will talk to invited middle school students at 10 a.m. and to the public at 6:30 p.m.  Richardson’s visit is sponsored by The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics and the S.C. Space Grant Consortium.

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