Astronomy Class in Steuben

STEUBEN — The Eagle Hill Institute is offering a two-semester astronomy class that qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs) from the University of Maine.

The institute also is offering a viewing of the Orionid Meteor Shower on Oct. 20 with a 5:30 p.m. lecture followed by dinner.

“This shower is made possible from the debris left behind from the famous comet known as Halley,” said program director Ralph Ballatine. “The Earth moves through this debris in the months of April and October.”

He said the Orionid meteor shower will peak the mornings of Oct. 20-21 and the best viewing time is midnight to dawn.

The first part of the astronomy course will be held Saturdays from Oct. 6 through Dec. 15 and will offer instruction on the planets, moons and microbodies of the Milky Way.

The second part, which will run Saturdays from Jan. 12 through March 16, will cover the stars and constellations of the universe.

Ballatine formerly was planetarium director at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and a science instructor at the Owens Science Center in Maryland.

He said the class will include lectures and telescope sessions whereby students go online to look through the lenses of telescopes around the globe.

The class is open to amateur astronomers, teachers, college students and high school students.

In addition to CEUs, students may transfer two credits for each class to a college or university.

The classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Astronomy labs will be offered evenings from 8 to 10 and afternoons from 2 to 4.

Tuition is $150 per class or $250 for the two classes.

For further information, contact the Eagle Hill Institute at 546-2821, ext. 212 or [email protected]

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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