Astronomy lectures planned

WHEELING – A People’s University lecture series on astronomy will begin March 4 and meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings for eight weeks, ending April 22.

Each class will be approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length.

Chuck Wood will be the primary instructor for the series. Trained as an astronomer and a geologist, Wood has participated in the space program since before the Apollo missions to the moon. A member of the Cassini spacecraft team that studies Saturn’s moon, Titan, Wood also is on the international committee that gives names to features on the moon and planets. He also uses a small telescope to observe the universe from his backyard.

Additional instructors will be announced.

The full schedule is as follows:

7 p.m. March 4, Census of the Universe. An exploration of people, planets, solar systems, stars, Milky Way, galaxies, elements, gas, dust, gravity and magnetism. Wood instructs.

7 p.m. March 11, Starting Close to Home. Planet Earth and our solar system. Wood instructs.

7 p.m. March 18, Billions of Stars. The contest between radiation and gravity; what stars are, how they form, how long they live and how they die. Wood instructs.

7 p.m. March 25, The Home Galaxy. Rapidly orbiting young stars, senior stars in separate quarters and a lurking central black hole. Wood instructs.

7 p.m. April 1, Billions of Galaxies. Clusters and collisions of aging galaxies in the expanding universe. Wood instructs.

7 p.m. April 8, Observing the Universe. Moon, planets and stars.

7 p.m. April 15, Pieces of Other Worlds. Meteorites.

7 p.m. April 22, The Origin and Fate of the Universe. Where did the universe come from and where is it going? Wood instructs.

The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts. The People’s University features courses taught by experts that enable patrons to learn history, music appreciation, philosophy and literature.

Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests or other requirements and all programs are free and open to the public.

To register for the astronomy series, email the library by visiting the library’s website at and clicking the “Contact/Email us” page, calling (304) 232-0244, or visiting the Reference Desk.