National Geographic author presents show at ICC

Published 2:56 pm Friday, April 30, 2010

Learn about the biggest, hottest, most explosive stars in the galaxy in a dynamic, interactive show by National Geographic author/astronomer David A. Aguilar. In partnership with KidSenses Childrens InterACTIVE Museum, the interactive show and special reception will be held at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College on Tuesday, May 25. Following the presentation, Aguilar will be signing his new book Super Stars for children ages seven to 12.

Beginning at 6 p.m., adults can meet Aguilar and NASA astronaut Roger K. Crouch in an exclusive reception. Also attending, special guests Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton and Mrs. Lucille Dalton. Children will enjoy their own private reception where they can experience space first-hand in the Explorer Dome. Proceeds from this event benefit KidSenses Childrens InterACTIVE Museums educational programs.

The interactive show on space, astronomy and Aguliars new book will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through The Foundation box office. Teachers are invited to attend the interactive show free of charge. The school with the largest number of students attending will receive 25 National Geographic books for their school library. One free set will go to each of the following four counties: Cleveland, Polk, McDowell, and Rutherford.

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Aguilar is director of public affairs and educational programs at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Ma. He specializes in communicating the wonderment of science to young children. He is also the author of 11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System and Planets, Stars and Galaxies. Aguilar will be visiting Rutherford County as part of his National Geographic book tour.

Crouch is a retired NASA astronaut who has logged over 470 hours in space. He served as program scientist on five different Spacelab flights. Currently Crouch works as a consultant and delivers informative lectures.

For more information on this event, contact KidSenses at 828-286-2120. To purchase reception and interactive show tickets, contact The Foundation at 828-286-9990.