For Immediate Release—Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007

Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo opens new exhibit on Hubble Space Telescope

Community invited to stargaze and lecture
during "Heavens Above" grand opening Sept. 7

GENESEO, N.Y.—The community is invited to stargaze during a grand opening event for a new exhibit titled "Heavens Above" Friday, Sept. 7, at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

The traveling exhibit, making its only appearance in New York state, features a series of transparencies and interactive media from deep space captured over the past 16 years by the Hubble Space Telescope while orbiting the Earth. The exhibit runs through Dec. 17 in the college's Milne Library Gallery.

"An Evening with the Stars" grand opening, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, will include a talk by Matthew Bobrowsky, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and award-winning teacher at University of Maryland's University College.

The talk will take place in 202 Newton Hall, immediately followed by a reception of wine and light snacks in Milne Library and stargazing on the telescope deck, located on the rooftop of the Integrated Science Center.

"Heavens Above" displays 29 breathtaking images of the universe that are presented as large-formatted captioned transparencies mounted in light boxes. Accompanying the exhibit is View Space, an Internet-fed self-updating kiosk that provides an ever-changing kaleidoscope of inspiring and educational presentations of the latest and most beautiful in astronomy and space-based earth science.

Bobrowsky will discuss the science of the Hubble Space Telescope, planetary nebulae, life in the universe and our place in space. Bobrowsky also works as a science content specialist for the Origins Education Forum—a NASA educational group concerned with the origin of galaxies, stars, planets and life. He is responsible for collecting and researching scientific information related to NASA's Origins missions and presenting it in a form appropriate to various education and public outreach audiences. Bobrowsky writes educational material and prepares presentations for educational workshops.

He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Maryland Board of Regents. In his astronomical research, Bobrowsky has made astronomical observations with many telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope. His specialty is the study of planetary nebulae—clouds of gas expanding outward from aging stars.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Corporate and Business Partners of SUNY Geneseo and educational programming sponsored by Newport Corporation, ITT Corporation and SUNY Geneseo's Office of the Provost.