John Hook Memorial Observatory set to reopen with freshman's help

December 2 2008

A freshman with an interest in looking to the stars is now helping to reopen the John Hook Memorial Observatory at Indiana State University's campus.

The grand opening of the observatory is set for 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec.4). The observatory is on the roof of science building. In case of inclement weather, a presentation will be held in the Science Building.

Alex Steiner, observatory student director and geology major from Terre Haute, has played a major role in preparing the observatory for its reopening, and will help to open it to the public from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday nights.

"My dad started teaching me astronomy among other things when I was little," he said. "I have since been fascinated with astronomy. It's just such a rush to look through a tube and see something that is so large and so far away that you cannot imagine it."

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Contact: Alex Steiner, Indiana State University, observatory student director and freshman geology major, at 812-237-3186 or at rsteiner2@mymail.indstate.edu

Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@indstate.edu

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A freshman with an interest in looking to the stars is now helping to reopen the John Hook Memorial Observatory at Indiana State University's campus.

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