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Widener Hosts Additional Stargazing Sessions for Teachers


The Widener University Observatory invites area teachers through the secondary level – and their family members - to special stargazing sessions using the observatory's 16-inch computerized reflecting telescope.

Participants can choose one or more of the following sessions: Thursday, Feb. 27 from 7-8 p.m.; Thursday, March 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 24 from 8-9 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 6 from 8-9 p.m.

Interested teachers can register by calling 610-499-4003 or e-mailing These free sessions are designed to give teachers an up-close look at the moon, planets and stars so that they can later share their experience with students.

The general public is invited to Widener's free stargazing sessions every Monday night and the first Friday night of every month for the remainder of the academic year. For a complete schedule and to register for these free public stargazing sessions, visit or call 610-499-4003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.

The Widener University Observatory is located on the 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall on 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester, Pa.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,