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Skamania offers Astronomy Class near Portland, Oregonphoto

Skamania Lodge will be offering an outdoor astronomy class this Saturday featuring Mr. Les Hastings, an accomplished astronomer that resides locally in Stevenson, Washington.

Join us this Saturday, August 17 to explore the reaches of the universe at 9:30pm.¬†Admission is free. Check in at the Skamania’s front desk when you arrive.¬†

About Les Hastings

Early in his teaching career, Les introduced astronomy to his high school curriculum. Later, with the help of a grant, Les and another math teacher organized a space science class. They used the Galileo spacecraft as the theme that connected several years of classes together following the Galileo project from conception to the final crash down.

One of the highlights in his life was the viewing of the Supernova 1987A. It was only visible in the southern hemisphere, and he just happened to be teaching astronomy to a high school class in Australia as an exchange teacher.

Supernova 1987A was the first one visible to the naked eye since 1604, when Johannes Kepler discovered one in Ophiuchus. The current supernova was in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Sometimes great teaching moments fall right out of the sky.

This lodge is one of the friendliest places I know. Everyone seems to genuinely enjoy working there and doing whatever they can to assist the guests.

Jeanne, Salem Oregon

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