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Black Holes and Cosmology Examined at CWU Star Party February 25

Explore the infinite mysteries of black holes and the origin of the universe at the CWU Astronomy Club Star Party. Black holes—where gravity is so strong, not even light can escape—are thought to have formed when the universe began. The event features guest speaker Jason Arakawa, whose interests include astrophysics, cosmology, and general relativity. He is a junior majoring in physics, with an astronomy minor.

The Star Party begins at 8:00 p.m. , on February 25, in Lind Hall 215, and is free and open to the public. Parking is free in CWU lots after 4:30 p.m., except in designated spaces and residence hall lots.

“The Star Parties are free to the public and it is a great way for people to learn about astronomy,” said Michael Brice, president, CWU Astronomy Club. “Our Star Parties typically start off with a presentation. If it is clear out then we go to the roof of Lind Hall on campus and look through our telescopes. We usually have two to three telescopes set up.

“If it is cloudy and we can’t see anything then we continue on with another presentation or group discussion or questions; maybe even do a few astronomy-related demos.”

For more information, contact the Astronomy Club at

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Photo courtesy of NASA

February 22, 2016