Stonewall Resort hosts WV SPOT “Universe in the Park” event

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Clear skies in Lewis County made it a perfect night for looking at the stars Saturday night. 

Stonewall Resort hosted a “Universe in the Park” event, giving residents a chance to look at, and learn about, the solar system.

It’s part of the West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT), a state-wide organization that teams with West Virginia Wesleyan, the Green Bank Observatory, and NASA IV&V in Fairmont.  

The event started with looking at the moon and then went to the classroom where participants were taught by students from WVWC about the earth, moon, and other planets. 

“I really love it. I’m an education major. I want to teach physics and astronomy one day, so this is great for me. But it’s a great opportunity to bring science and to the public and to show people, because that’s really important. And to talk about Green Bank, and IV&V and all sorts of stuff that’s happening right here in West Virginia,” said WV SPOT member and WVWC student Elizabeth Meier.  

After the presentation in the classroom, participants once again looked through the telescope, looking at Mars.

Stonewall officials say they’re hoping to have SPOT return in the future to continue to provide an avenue for people to learn about space. 

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