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Andromeda Galaxy, NASA/JPL/California Institute of Technology

Astrophotography students to exhibit work and share their enthusiasm about VI and BCM-hosted program

December 10, 2012

Birthplace of Country Music® partnered with two Virginia Intermont College professors this fall to present “Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos,” a six-week astrophotography program developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and aimed at engaging middle school children. For the past six weeks, Drs. Pearson and Turner, with the assistance of interns at the college, have worked with students from Virginia Middle School and Vance Middle School in Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. These students were introduced to a wide variety of resources in the Smithsonian’s Micro-Observatory Telescope Network, including the ability to control the robotic telescopes via the Internet and use its software to capture their versions of the cosmos. The once-a-week, two-hour sessions featured engaging astronomy and astropoetry lessons.**VI Physics Professor Chuck Pearson and Cultural Heritage and Public Arts Professor Jessica Turner will host a reception to honor the students and exhibit their work on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 5:00 pm in Harrison Jones auditorium at Virginia Intermont College. The media and public are invited to attend.The students’ chosen images, as well as their captions, poems, and reflections on the program, will be on display during the reception. Refreshments will be served. **For more information on the program and its reception, please contact Dr. Jessica Turner at jessicaturner@vic.edu or 276-466-7191.