Turn your gaze upward and experience the wonders of the cosmos with an Astronomy class offered through Rend Lake College’s Community Education Department.
The class will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the RLC Theater in Ina. The class costs $5.
Don Bless, science teacher at Cobden High School, will lead the class. He is the president of the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois, which he helped create.
On the night of the class, the waxing crescent moon and the planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. Bless will point out the bright stars and constellations as he captures participants’ attention with stories of ancient mythology and modern science as they relate to the heavens.
Bless moved to Southern Illinois in 1995 and began writing a weekly astronomy column for the Southern Illinoisan. On July 1, 1997, he called for a meeting of everyone interested in astronomy in Southern Illinois. Twenty people attended the meeting and the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois was born. Its purpose is to unite sky observers and to educate people about the wonders of the sky.
Bless is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Geology and a Master’s Degree in Science Education.
Be sure to dress for the weather because much of the evening will be spent outdoors. Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, there will be a lecture presentation in the Theater. For more information or to register, contact Community Education Coordinator Dawn Gibson at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or toll-free (in-district) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267.