TJC science center to host star party Saturday, Feb. 23

Tyler Junior College:

TYLER (KYTX) - The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College will host a star party beginning at dusk, around 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. 

The center is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. 

This free, public event is held in partnership with the Astronomical Society of East Texas and the TJC Society of Physics Students/American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. 

"We will have telescopes set up outside starting at dusk, and the show will go on no matter the weather," said center director Dr. Tom Hooten. 

Hooten said the science center will also be open to the public for free during the star party, and the live night sky will be projected in the dome theater. 

"Science on the Half Shell" is the current science center exhibit and features the study of bivalve mollusks, which include clams, scallops, oysters and mussels. 

Through the use of three interactive stations, the exhibit explores the principles of evolutionary biology and provides an understanding of how the tree of life of this commonplace and familiar group of animals has had meaningful applications on our everyday lives. 

For more information, go to; or find the science center on Facebook at


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