Astronomy Convention Hosted at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark (June 5, 2002) — The Christian Association of Stellar Explorers (CASE) will host the 52nd annual meeting of the Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League (MSRAL) on the campus of John Brown University on June 7-9. The Astronomical League is the governing body of amateur astronomy in the United States and is committed to furthering education and understanding of the universe through astronomical projects and research.

This year’s MSRAL convention will host attendees from the five-state region, which includes Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. The convention will start on Friday, June 7 with a BBQ dinner at the newly constructed Heavenview Observatory at New Life Ranch. The convention will continue on Saturday at John Brown University’s Walker Student Center, with paper presentations from amateur astronomers in the MSRAL, and will conclude with a banquet celebrating the preceding year. The keynote speaker at the banquet will be Dr. Paul Benoit of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The conference will conclude with a star party at Heavenview Observatory on Saturday evening.

For more information on the convention, contact Patrick Carr, MSRAL Chairman, at (479) 524-0322, or visit the website at www.christian-astronomy.org/msralconvention.html. For more information on the Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League, visit the website at www.msral.org.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.