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First Public Viewing Set for New V.I. Robotic Telescope

The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct the first public viewing using the new Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope at its Etelman Observatory on St. Thomas from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

"We are pleased to invite the St. Thomas public to join us and enjoy the night sky, views of our solar system, and a discussion of exciting upcoming events in the world of astrophysics and space science," said Observatory Director Dr. David Morris.

The full moon and views of the planets Mars and Saturn are expected to be highlights of the evening. A video presentation and discussion of the upcoming Mars landing of the NASA rover named Curiosity are also planned, according to Dr. Morris. The Curiosity is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's largest and most technologically advanced rover ever sent to Mars. In his video presentation, Dr. Morris will use various clips to outline Curiosity's mission, and NASA's ongoing search for signs of water and evidence that Mars may have once been able to support life.

Due to space limitations at the observatory, shuttle bus service will be provided for participants. To arrange to join the session and for details regarding the shuttle service, individuals are asked to RSVP with Dr. Morris by sending email to or calling (340) 693-1391.