Macomb Community College hosts family-friendly evening of astronomy activities

– Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:00AM

"Summer Skies at Macomb" features NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel, a Michigan native, at South Campus event

Star gazing, comet making and discovering the mysteries of the cosmos are among the family-friendly activities planned for Summer Skies at Macomb on Friday, June 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren. 

The event will feature a keynote presentation by NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel, a Michigan native, who served on two space shuttle missions. Feustel will speak from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. in the John Lewis Student and Community Center (K Building).  While the presentation is free, pre-registration is required for attendance and may be made by calling 586.445.7204 or emailing communityrelations@macomb.edu.

The evening’s other activities are also free, but do not require advance registration.  Activities and presentations occurring in K Building from 7:30 to 11 p.m. include an overview of the wonders of the night sky, demonstration of how “cold” space is as well as a “fire tornado,” a play about the constellation story of Andromeda that incorporates audience participation, and children’s activities including comet-making, crafts and a planetarium show for kids age 8 and older the brings the wonder of the night sky indoors.  Star gazing will take place on the soccer fields, adjacent to the college’s Sports & Expo Center, from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The rain date for star gazing only is Saturday, June 15, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For a full schedule of activities, visit www.macomb.edu and click on Summer Skies at Macomb under “Announcements” on the left-hand side of the website’s homepage.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu)  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu

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