'Astronomy for Everyone' class offered at Grinnell College Observatory

The class will meet at 7:30 p.m. on three Thursdays: April 20, April 27 and May 4

Grinnell College is offering "Astronomy for Everyone," a short, informal course for anyone with an interest in astronomy, regardless of age.

The free, public class will take place in the Grant O. Gale Observatory, 1203 10th Ave., Grinnell. The three class sessions will start at 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: April 20, 27 and May 4.

Each session will provide an opportunity to learn about some aspect of the universe and the objects in it, followed by viewing through the observatory’s 24-inch telescope (weather permitting). Skywatching without a telescope, as well as use of participants’ own telescopes, also will be covered.

Robert Cadmus, Breid-McFarland professor of science, professor of physics and director of the observatory, will teach the class. There is no charge for the class, but participants should register no later than Tuesday, April 18, by calling 641-269-3172.

Details of the separate summer program for middle school students interested in astronomy will be announced later.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website: www.grinnell.edu. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

Individuals with mobility disabilities may park near the south end of the accessible path connecting the observatory to the drive on the north side of the Bear Recreation and Athletic Center. The observatory provides an Induction Hearing Loop System for persons with T-Coils in their hearing aids. In addition, the observatory has an audiovisual system that communicates between the first-floor classroom and the telescope for individuals who cannot climb the stairs to the telescope dome.

The college also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

About Grinnell College

Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.