Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics is hosting a telescope viewing party beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Jackson County Airport.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, May 27, but a prediction of cloudy weather for that day has resulted in a postponement to May 28.

“The event will feature telescope views of the planet Mars at near its closest approach to Earth until July of 2018,” said Enrique Gomez, WCU associate professor of physics and astronomy. “The planets Jupiter and Saturn, as well as their moons, will be shown as well.”

Gomez also will give a brief presentation on identifying summer constellations and stars.

The event is free, and attendees are welcome to bring their personal telescopes. If skies are overcast, the viewing will be canceled. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Gomez at 828-227-2718 or egomez@wcu.edu.