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Special to The Times

On Friday, Aug. 2, learn about what can be seen in the August night sky from University of Denver Professor Ron Mickle. If the night is clear, participants will see Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, NGC 6530, the Lagoon Nebula within the constellation Sagittarius, the picturesque rings of Saturn and perhaps the Perseid meteor shower.

Ron has been teaching astronomy at the University of Denver since 2011; he also teaches at Aurora Community College. 

In his career he has worked as a commercial pilot, worked 10 years for the Department of Homeland Security, 16 years for the Federal Aviation Administration, has been a commercial SCUBA diver in Alaska and flew helicopters for the U.S. Army.

He has a degree in chemistry from Troy University, and a graduate degree in astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology.

The presentation will be from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost for the program is $10 for GARNA members and $20 for non-members and is handicap accessible. Check out for more information and to register.

Registration is required to reserve a spot. More information will be provided upon registration. All fees support important stewardship initiatives in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. If special assistance is required, please call the GARNA office a few days in advance so accommodations can be made.

Contact the GARNA office at 719-539-5106 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or email

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