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Duke Teaching Observatory

When: Sat., April 21, 9 p.m. 2012

Duke Forest—If you're predisposed to marvel at or puzzle about the night sky, the Duke Teaching Observatory's frequent open house events are a family-friendly must-see. This night promises an optimal viewing of the Lyrids, the first meteor shower that mankind identified. Visible to the naked eye, the Lyrids usually average around 10 meteors per hour from twilight on, but are known for unpredictably producing occasional spasms of around 100 an hour. The spring sky features other highlights, including our solar system's distant giant Jupiter. Duke astronomers and astronomy students aim telescopes for you and explain what you see. Bundle up the kids, as it's an open-air experience. It starts at 9 p.m. and it's free; for directions and weather-related cancellation information, visit cgtp.duke.edu/~plesser/observatory. —Chris Vitiello

Price: Free

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