Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Join amateur astronomer Jim White for an evening with the stars, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Saturday, March 29. The evening will start with a gourmet burger bar dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a Spring Stargazing presentation by Jim White at 7 p.m. If weather allows, there will be a telescope sky viewing at 7:30 p.m.
White will talk about the upcoming lunar eclipse on April 14-15, planets, and other celestial events.
The sun sets at 7:30 p.m., so White will bring his telescope along, and if skies are clear you will get a look at Jupiter in the southwest through a telescope after the presentation. Jupiter still reigns as the brightest object in the night sky, except for the moon.
White will also talk about the total solar eclipse coming in three years that will pass over Central Oregon on Aug. 21, 2017. The last total solar eclipse in this area happened in 1979.
Jim White lives in Trout Lake, Wash. A forester by profession, he has had an interest in astronomy since his youth on a Michigan farm. White holds a stargazing event at the Trout Lake Fair, helps at the Goldendale Observatory, makes presentations within the mid-Columbia area, and writes a column monthly in the White Salmon Enterprise.
Dinner reservations are required by March 26 by calling 541-296-8600, ext. 201. Ticket prices for the dinner and presentation are $15 for adults, $10 for children. The presentation only is $3.
The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit gorgediscovery.org.
White will also give a presentation March 28 at the White Salmon Library, beginning at 7 p.m. White will be featuring upcoming celestial events; if skies are clear, attendees will also get a chance to take a look at the planet Jupiter through a telescope.
For more information contact the library at 509-493-1132 or visit fvrl.org.
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