The University of Virginia Astronomy Department is offering a free week long Dark Skies, Bright Kids Astronomy Summer Program at UVa-Wise for rising fourth, fifth and sixth graders in late July.

The astronomy club will give students the opportunity to explore the night sky and travel to other planets with DSBK’s portable planetarium. The youngsters will also learn about constellations, distant solar systems, and get to make their own comets, discover how invisible light is used to solve mysteries of the universe, and more. A Star Party will be held at the end of the week so students may use telescopes to enjoy the starry night sky.

UVA Astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson, associate professor of astronomy and director of Dark Skies, Bright Kids, oversees the camp.

The camp, which will run from July 24 through July 28, is free to students who will be in fourth, fifth or sixth grade in the fall. Applications are still being accepted. For more information, contact Huda Aden at

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