The University of Virginia Astronomy Department is offering a free week long Dark Skies, Bright Kids Astronomy Summer Program at UVa-Wise for rising third, 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.

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

The camp will run from July 23 through July 27. Applications can be found at . For more information, contact