Bossard will host NASA consultant

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS —A retired astronomer, educator and NASA consultant will soon pay a visit to Gallipolis.

Kevin Manning will stop by Bossard Memorial Library’s new Riverside Room at 6 p.m. Oct. 17, where he will talk about the size and scale of the universe, the stars and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals. Following his presentation, a powerful telescope will be set up outdoors for viewing the craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn and other objects in the night sky, weather permitting.

An international award-winner, Manning’s background includes working with such well-knowns as NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory (launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and other ground-based observatories such as Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The demand for Manning’s astronomy lectures and workshops keeps him busy traveling most of the year, as his presentation circuit includes such places as Tufts University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, the NSTA National Convention, AAAS Breakfast with Scientists, the National Parks Service, along with libraries, schools, conventions and science centers.

“Bossard Library is pleased to welcome astronomer Kevin Manning to Gallia County, as he presents his unique program, ‘Astronomy for Everyone,” said Debbie Saunders, library director. “The Library strives to provide a wide-variety of quality programs that are both enriching and entertaining to those in our community.”

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Bossard Library and open to the public.

For more information, contact the library at 740-446-7323, and visit and

Staff Report