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Utah State University Discovery Night will give visitors an up-close, hands-on look at science and engineering, including peering through microscopes at tiny details of the world around them, and then looking through telescopes to view Jupiter and the moon.

The free, family event is set for Monday, Aug. 7, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Science and Engineering Research (SER) Building, west of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU campus.The upcoming event includes exhibits in the Discovery Center, an interactive science museum housed in the SER building, and more. The patio and walkways in front of the building will be the site of activities and demonstrations covering a gamut of topics.

Microscopes will give visitors a glimpse of things from the natural and man-made world.

Mardell Parrish, education specialist at the Utah Water Research Laboratory, is set to demonstrate the connections between soap bubbles and geometry. The Space Dynamics Laboratory will showcase two of the infrared space telescopes that were built there, and CIRRIS 1-A, which orbited Earth aboard the space shuttle.

Visitors can drive a computer controlled LEGO vehicle across a simulated Martian landscape and watch a mechanical rover that sees where it is going as it navigates the terrain by itself.

The youngest visiting scientists and engineers can hear stories, try their hands at math and science games, and create and test their own paper airplanes.

For more information about USU Discovery Night, call 797-1359.