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The Etelman Observatory on St. Thomas will be open for a free public viewing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Anticipated sights include views of the planet Jupiter with its Galilean moons and the Orion Nebula star-forming region.

The evening also will feature a video presentation, "Black Holes from Big to Small, Inside and Out," and a lecture about the nature of black holes.

Space is limited, and those interested in attending should RSVP to David Morris, assistant professor of physics at the University of the Virgin Islands by email at or by phone at 617-610-1148.

The rain date for the free public viewing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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