James V. Brown Library to feature ‘Astronomy for Everyone’ program

James V. Brown Library will host award-winning astrophysicist and national lecturer Kevin Manning at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the library’s Welch Children’s Wing.

Manning will present the program, “Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe.”

Manning is passionate about transporting people of all ages into a fascinating world beyond their own.

As a retired astrophysicist and former consultant with NASA, Manning guides young and old on an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, the stars and other celestial wonders.

During his 1 1/2 hour program, participants can get a refreshing and bigger perspective of this world by looking up to the stars.

Manning uses an engaging style, hands-on activities and assorted visuals throughout the program and treats his audience to an amazing view of the rings of Saturn and other jewels of the night sky through a powerful telescope, weather permitting.

For more information about his work, visit www.lookuptothestars.com.

Manning’s presentation is part of Star Tour USA 2013, in which he promotes scientific literacy across the nation.

Manning worked as a consultant with NASA on the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and on other ground-based observatories.

He has won national and international awards in his field, and has worked with the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

He has presented numerous workshops at libraries, observatories and science centers.

Registration is suggested, but not required.