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Aspen Wintersköl to host astronomer

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Dina Rudick/boston.comDavid Aguilar, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will be a special guest during Aspen's Wintersköl celebration, Jan. 8-11.

ASPEN ” An astronomer will be a star attraction at Aspen’s Wintersköl celebration in January.

David Aguilar, director of public affairs and education programs at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will give a presentation, hold a book signing and host a public stargazing event during Aspen’s Wintersköl celebration, Jan. 8-11.

The Wintersköl theme is “Powder Days and Stellar Nights,” partially to recognize 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. Next year will mark the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of a telescope to view the skies.

Aguilar said he will bring some Galilean telescopes to Aspen so people can see the stars as Galileo did.

Aguilar’s events during Wintersköl kick off with the presentation “Why We Are Going Back to the Moon,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Paepcke Auditorium. He will look at the space program’s plans for returning to the moon.

He will sign his books, “Planets, Stars and Galaxies” and “11 Planets,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, at Explore Booksellers in Aspen.

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The nighttime observations with telescope stations will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Wagner Park, right before the fireworks.

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