NASA Images to be Unveiled at WSU's Ott Planetarium

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University has been selected to unveil never-before-seen NASA images as part of International Year of Astronomy 2009. The images will be released to the public during the NASA Great Observatories Image Unveiling and Telescope Extravaganza at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Ott Planetarium.

The event is just one of many planned in honor of International Year of Astronomy 2009, a global effort commemorating the first time Galileo pointed a telescope toward the stars almost 400 years ago.

The never-before-seen photos include a 3-by-6-foot image of the spiral galaxy Messier 101 that combines the optical view of the Hubble telescope, the infrared view of the Spitzer telescope and the X-ray view of the Chandra observatory. Unveilings of the images are taking place nationwide Feb. 14-28 at 76 museums and 40 schools.

The unveiling festivities at WSU also will include a lecture by University of Colorado astronomer Sean Raymond on the formation of solar systems. After the unveiling and lecture, the Ogden Astronomical Society will lead a telescopic observation session, weather permitting.

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