Clay Anderson Headlines Astronomy Day

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Hover devices sound off just above the ground. A little higher than that, high-powered telescopes provide a shot of the sun. It's all part of UNL's Astronomy Day. The displays not only take up space, but taking in space. Astronaut Clay Anderson found himself in another dimension standing next to a full-sized poster of himself. The displays were down to earth, but over all Astronomy Day , according to Anderson was "Out of this World."

Some of the displays came from another world, Meteorites and moon rocks. "They are encased in plastic holders because you can't expose them to the atmosphere because they've never been exposed to oxygen or water before," said Karl Baumgarten, UNL Professor.

And of course rockets were on Display. One UNL rocket placed third in a NASA competition in Huntsville, Alabama.

Matthew Mayhlin- "The goal of the competition is to launch an experimental sounding rocket to one mile in altitude," said team leader Matthew Mayhlin.

This year's key note speaker, the aforementioned astronaut Clay Anderson. "One of the ways I started before I became an astronaut was I had a telescope that I used to set up in my back yard in Ashland, Nebraska, and look at the sky. So hopefully they will get that same passion."

It was a chance to view space without leaving the city and to see brightness in a whole new light.