Department hosting April 21 telescope viewing party

Jupiter and its moons are shown in this photo courtesy of NASA.

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics is hosting a telescope viewing party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Jackson County Airport.

WCU astronomy faculty will have telescopes available for the public to view Jupiter and its moons, star clusters and galaxies, said Enrique Gomez, WCU associate professor of physics and astronomy. “They also will teach how to identify spring constellations and lead activities for children to help them understand supernova explosions,” Gomez said.

Participants should dress warmly. If skies are overcast, the viewing will be postponed to Saturday, April 22, at the same time and location.

The free viewing party is part of the North Carolina Science Festival’s statewide star party. The festival includes more than 400 public science events being held April 7-23.

For more information, contact Gomez at 828-227-2718 or