Award-winning astronomer to present program at North Port Library

Event will allow participants to look at the universe through a handcrafted telescope, weather permitting

The rings of Saturn as shown in an image provided from the Hubble Space Telescope via NASA.
The rings of Saturn are shown in an image provided from the Hubble Space Telescope via NASA and Wikimedia Commons

Members of the public are invited to learn all about the universe and take a look at it as the North Port Public Library hosts Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, Sarasota County has announced.

The presentation will be hosted by Dr. Kevin Manning, an internationally known, award-winning astronomer and former consultant to NASA, a county news release says. The event will include “exciting video footage,” the release continues.

After Manning’s presentation, participants will go outside to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful, handcrafted telescope, the release adds. “You may even be able to see the ice crystal rings of Saturn and the craters on the moon, weather permitting,” it notes

This program is for adults and children ages 8 and older, the release points out. It will take place in the youth services activity room at the library, located at 13800 Tamiami Trail in North Port.

Participants are asked to pre-register online at or by phone at 861-5000.