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RCC to host astronomy classes

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GLOUCESTER – In a fascinating new course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation's Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), Dr. Greg Boeshaar will present "Being There: Our Exploration of the Solar System." The three sessions will be held on October 29, and November 5 and 12 (Tuesdays), 1-3 p.m., at the Gloucester County Public Library in Gloucester Courthouse.

Building on the earliest observations of the night sky, human understanding of Earth's planetary neighborhood has soared through discoveries made by way of telescopes on Earth and in space, manned explorations of the Moon's surface, and satellite probes of other planets with their moons, asteroids, and comets. Dr. Boeshaar will guide his class on a visual tour of amazing extraterrestrial landscapes through the images captured by these missions.

Dr. Greg Boeshaar holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Ohio State University, and has worked in the fields of optical imaging and spectroscopy, and radio interferometry, at many national observatories in the United States. His space science engineering experience includes the development of the Hubble Space Telescope, atmospheric data archives, and NASA planetary exploration mission assessment; he has also published research articles on the chemical composition and evolution of gaseous nebulae and galaxies. As an RCC instructor, he currently teaches "Elements of Astronomy."

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on "Being There: Our Exploration of the Solar System" and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC's Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.