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Observatory in Carson City hosting aliens in movies lecture Saturday

Whether it's "Alien," "Star Wars," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Independence Day," "Men in Black" or "Predator," extraterrestrials have long captivated movie lovers. Mike Thomas will take a look at the evolution of aliens depicted in movies during his "Aliens in the Movies" lecture on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College.

The free lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Thomas gives science and history lectures in Northern Nevada. He and his wife, Eleanor, travel extensively, giving him the opportunity to research his topics and bring insight to his history and science presentations.

On Saturday evenings when lectures aren't scheduled, the observatory is open from dusk to 11 p.m. Better known as Star Parties, these gatherings enable the Western Nevada Astronomical Society to convene people with an interest in astronomy.

The lectures and Star Parties are free and open to the public.

The observatory, at 2699 Van Patten Drive, isn't open if there's snow on the roadways.