Curiosity reaches across the universe most Saturday evenings at Western Nevada College's Jack C. Davis Observatory.
When the skies are clear, members of Western Nevada Astronomy Society and observatory staffers set up telescopes for anyone wanting a closer look at the planets, moons, stars, galaxies and other mysteries of the universe. Twice a month, science lectures draw standing-room-only crowds.
Michael Thomas, president of the Western Nevada Astronomy Society and a science and history lecturer in the area, helps with observatory operations and stargazing.
"We find the greatest satisfaction when people bring their families," Thomas said of the Star Parties, which …