You don’t have to be an astronomy whiz to attend the School of Earth and Space Exploration open house Friday on the Arizona State University campus.
But you should at least know what a planet is, says astrophysics graduate student Angel Fuentes.
“We try to explain everything as simply as possible,” Fuentes says of the open house, which is held three times a semester on the last Friday of the month. “There’s things that little kids can understand, too. … It’s fun and free of charge. It’s a good thing for the family to go out and do.”
During the two-hour open house, a graduate student will teach people how to read sundials and solar clocks. “There’s many sundials around the school … and in downtown Tempe there’s this big one,” Fuentes says.
Other grad students will teach people how to use a telescope so they can view sights such as Mars, Jupiter, the Pleiades (star) cluster and a ring nebula.
There also will be a meteorite display and physics demonstration.
Fuentes says guests seem to enjoy the telescope viewing and meteorite display the most.
“That always seems to draw a lot of attention,” he says.
IF YOU GO
What: School of Earth and Space Exploration open house
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Arizona State University Bateman Physical Sciences Building H-Wing
Information: (480) 965-5081 or http://eagle.la.asu.edu/openhouse