Astroblast is next week at learning center

From staff reports

Astroblast will start Tuesday and run through Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Oil Region Astronomy Learning Center between Oil City and Clarion on Camp Coffman Road.

Astroblast is a regional gathering of amateur astronomers and anyone interested in learning more about the night sky.

The week-long event features door prizes totaling more than $2,000 in value, as well as presentations, an astronomy yard sale, night sky observing, astronomy trivia night and more.

The new learning center, home of the Bruce M. Bedow Memorial Observatory, houses one of the largest telescopes in western Pennsylvania available to the public. The rings of Saturn can be seen through the 30-inch telescope.

For more information or to register, people can go online to


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