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The skys the limit at Friday astronomy session

the public is invited to hear stargazer Bob Duke's presentation on planetariums at Hillsboro center

Astronomer Bob Duke will talk about astronomy and give a behind-the-scenes look at a planetarium from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 14 at Cornell Estates Retirement and Assisted Living in Hillsboro.

The event will be free and open to the public.

Duke's interest in astronomy began at age 13, when he frequently assisted his father, a planetarium director at Sierra College in California, with the development of planetarium curriculum in the 1960s for Spitz Labs.

After serving four years on the board of directors for Rose City Astronomers, Duke started the Mt. Hood Observatory Association at Mt. Hood Community College, where he taught astronomy for a number of years.

Between 1990 and 2000, Duke built over 50 large telescopes for distribution around the world.

Since the 1980s, Duke has written about celestial objects and other events in the night sky that are visible to the unaided eye for the Oregonian's 'Skywatch' column.

Duke's informational talk is free to the public and will take place in the second floor party room. Cornell Estates is located at 1005 N.E. 17th Ave. in Hillsboro.

For more information, call Cornell Estates at 503-640-2884. Or visit the Web site at www.