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Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Astronomy: Lake Afton Public Observatory Presents - Astronomy Day 2012
Location: Lake Afton Observatory, 20 miles southwest of downtown Wichita at MacArthur Rd. (39th St. S.) and 247th St. W. in Lake Afton County Park. It is immediately north of the lake, just off MacArthur Rd.

Astronomy day is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 20, so get ready for an educational and fun-filled afternoon of activities and contests followed by an exciting evening of stargazing. This year's activities include watching the Observatories CO2-powered rocket go-cart race around the parking lot; observing the Sun safely through the Observatorys big telescope; hunting for the planets in our giant scale model of solar system and building, decorating and flying a water powered bottle rocket. There will be prizes awarded for the best-looking bottle rocket and the longest flight. You don't have to wait for Astronomy Day to build your rocket for the competition. If you would like, you can build it at home ahead of time and just bring it with you on Astronomy day.

Then, as the day turns to night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., you get to observe the deep craters and smooth plains on our Moon, and the distant planet, Uranus, through our big telescopes. And heres the best part of all: Astronomy Day is FREE so bring the kids out and have an outof-this-world adventure at the Lake Afton Public Observatory!

For more information, call (316) 978-3991 or email robert.henry@wichita.edu.
Open to the public.
Sponsored by Fairmount Center for Science & Mathematics Education details...

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SGA 100th Birthday: Shocker Appreciation Concert with Joe Nichols & James Otto
Location: Charles Koch Arena

Tickets are Free to WSU students, for everyone else they are $15 or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased or picked up at the Koch Arena Ticket office, Heskett Center, WSU Bookstore, and the Student Government Association office (RSC 202).

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SGA_WSU) for a chance to win FLOOR TICKETS!

For more information, call (316) 978-3480 or email carla.mann@wichita.edu.
Open to WSU Community.
Sponsored by Student Government Association
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Astronomy: Universe of the 1920s - Moon & Planets Program
2-day event: 10/19/2012 - 10/20/2012
In the 1920s, our universe was perceived very differently than it is today. Visit the Lake Afton Public Observatory this fall for their "Universe of the 1920s" programs. You will get to observe various astronomical objects through their big telescope and learn what astronomers thought they knew about these objects in the 1920s and what we have learned since that has altered our perception of the universe we live in.

During the Universe of the 1920s -- Moon & Planets programs, Observatory visitors will view the Moon's craters and maré, Uranus, a multiple star system, and beginning in November, Jupiter through the big 16-inch telescope.

In addition to the observing programs, the Observatory also has many exhibits for you to explore. You will be amazed at the economic rewards that have come directly from the space program. You can learn more about what astronomers thought they knew about the universe in the 1920s and compare that with what we know today. Or maybe you would like to find out what we know about Jupiter now. Other Observatory exhibits give you an opportunity to: discover the properties of light; touch rocks that came from space; and use a computer to go on a scavenger hunt through the solar system, or land a spacecraft on the Moon. You can also go outside to learn how to use a small telescope or binoculars to explore the night sky on your own.

Admission:
$5 for adults
$3 for ages 6-12
Under six admitted free
Family Rate: Mom, Dad, and all their immediate children - $15
Please note that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards

Location: Lake Afton Observatory, 20 miles southwest of downtown Wichita at MacArthur Rd. (39th St. S.) and 247th St. W. in Lake Afton County Park. It is immediately north of the lake, just off MacArthur Rd.

For more information, call (316) 978-3991 or email robert.henry@wichita.edu.
Open to the public.
Sponsored by Fairmount Center for Science & Mathematics Education
$ details...

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Opera and Musical Theatre Series presents: Pirates of Penzance
3-day event: 10/18/2012 - 10/20/2012
Location: Duerksen Fine Arts Center, Miller Concert Hall

One of the most beloved of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Pirates of Penzance satirizes the operatic convention that traps the hero in conflict between love and duty. Our hero Fredrick has been brought up indentured to a band of Pirates, but being a noble lad, he detests the profession. On turning 21, he announces his intention to become an honest citizen. Confusion and merriment ensue as Fredrick falls for the lovely young Mabel but cannot marry her because of a technicality regarding his age. A delightful musical romp for the entire family. (Rating G)

Tickets for this event are $16 with discounts available and they go on sale Sept. 27, 2012. For more information and tickets please call The WSU Fine Arts Box Office at (316) 978-3233.

Buy tickets online: http://www.wichita.edu/j/?1769

Open to the public.
Sponsored By: The WSU School of Performing Arts
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