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Astronomy events return to Prescott this month

The Hubble space telescope captured this image of galaxies trapped in orbit around each other. Billions of years from now, they will merge into a single massive galaxy. Scientists believe the Milky Way formed from such collisions, and it will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in several billion years.

The Hubble space telescope captured this image of galaxies trapped in orbit around each other. Billions of years from now, they will merge into a single massive galaxy. Scientists believe the Milky Way formed from such collisions, and it will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in several billion years.

Special to The Courier

Now that the prospect of clear skies is returning, the Prescott Astronomy Club is returning to its "Starry Nights" and "Third Thursday" series on Sept. 15 and 20.

The first will be the continuation of the "Starry Nights at Watson Lake" series at 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Watson Lake Park's upper gazebo.

The talk will focus on the Milky Way, with a naked eye introduction to our home galaxy followed by a binocular study of the galaxy with the aid of laser pointers to help identify some special objects.

The club will have telescopes to present a closer view of the spectacular objects and rich starfields

embedded in the galaxy.

The presentation will include live video observing of some of the more spectacular objects that the galaxy offers.

Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars and/or telescopes.

Continuing the Galaxy theme, the monthly Third Thursday Star Talks series will resume with "Galaxies Big and Small - Gorgeous Ultra Deep Field images."

This program will be in the Founders Suite of the Prescott Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Club members will talk about humans' growing understanding of how the universe is structured, and point out some of the bizarre and exotic objects astronomers have found.

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