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“Galaxies Galore” Is A Fun Presentation Enjoyable For All Ages

From: Caitlin Wright
To: Media
Date: 06/25/09
Subject: Galaxies Galore Presentation At PAC PR

Clatsop Community College
Contact: Paula Duncan 503-338-2408

“Galaxies Galore” Is A Fun Presentation Enjoyable For All Ages

Join astronomer James Whitney Young as he takes you on a galactic exploration with Hubble Telescope images, whirling galaxies, supernovas, and black holes in his presentation, “Galaxies Galore!”

“Galaxies Galore!” will focus on Young’s work and its necessity for NASA. This is a great family event and enjoyable for people of all ages! There will be a question and answer session and the opportunity to examine Young’s personal collection of meteorites.

“Galaxies Galore!” will be held in the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The PAC is located at 16th and Franklin St. and is ADA accessible. Cost to attend is $5.00 per person and $10.00 per family (no limit on family members).

Additionally, youth 17 years old and younger will automatically be entered into a raffle in which one boy and one girl will win their own meteorite FREE OF CHARGE! (Parental permission required) Both of the small meteorites were found in Argentina and fell to the Earth between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.

Mr. Young has been an avid amateur astronomer since the age of 10 and worked as the technical lead guide at the NASA Exhibit at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. After that, he was hired by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to work as a darkroom technician and assistant observer at their Table Mountain Observatory in California—where he has worked for the last 47 years. At 25 years old, he was a professional astronomer working with other JPL staff members while studying planetary atmospheres and asteroids. Mr. Young is the only person in the world to have ever aimed a telescopic laser beam at low orbit and geosynchronous artificial earth satellites, the moon, and a spacecraft in deep space.

Mr. Young has discovered over 400 asteroids in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and was honored by the naming of asteroid 2874 ‘Jim Young’ by his peers in 1985. Some of his other accomplishments include teaching astronomy classes for the University of California extension services and lecturing around the United States and abroad. Mr. Young has been published in 40 refereed astronomical journals and some 1500 electronic circulars issued by the MPC and IAU. He is also a professional photographer; hundreds of his photos have been published worldwide in leading magazines, books, calendars, and on the Internet. Mr. Young is a full member of the American Astronomical Society.

For further information about Mr. Young, please see his website:

For information about this presentation, please contact Paula Duncan at or 503-338-2408.

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