Next week’s enrichment course on astronomy will focus on the stars, but students participating will also have the opportunity to set their sights a bit lower — toward storm clouds, for example.

“In the morning, students will learn basic concepts about galaxies, star types, asteroids and the solar system, including building a model of the Hubble telephone,” Dr. Pamela Bryant, chair of the department of physical sciences at Howard Payne University, said Wednesday. “In the afternoon, students will learn basic concepts about the weather, including cloud types, layers of the atmosphere and types of precipitation.”

The course will be held Monday through Friday next week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the electronic classroom at Walker Memorial Library at HPU. An hour-long stargazing party is planned for 9:30 p.m. next Friday.

The sessions are specifically designed for for students entering the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, but Bryant said parents may want to sit in on some of the lessons. They are especially encouraged to attend the concluding stargazing party.

“They will learn about black holes, space in time warps, how to use the telescope and how to recognize constellations in the night sky,” Bryant said.

The afternoon emphasis on meteorology will teach students how to read weather maps and recognize wind patterns in the upper atmosphere.

“They will determine the basic components of hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes and droughts,” Bryant said. “They will also learn to appreciate the weather analysis given by meteorologists.”

Lunch and supplies will be furnished for the basic fee of $150.

“We are excited to have one of our finest professors teach this course on astronomy to area people,” Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education, said. “The need to understand astronomy and the weather is valuable and necessary as we progress in the this century. This course being offered through the Continuing Education program at HPU is a unique opportunity for learning important scientific principles.”

Enrollment continues today and Friday at the HPU Continuing Education office, 1000 Fisk Ave. For information, call 649-5711.