Observatory Offering Open-To-Public Weekends

Central Methodist University’s Morrison Observatory is offering two open-to-the-public weekend viewing sessions this summer.

From 8:30 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, July 6 and 7, and August 3 and 4, guests will have opportunities to view Jupiter and Saturn in July, and both of these planets, plus Mars, in August.

All sessions are free and open to the general public.

Central Professor Dr. Kendal Clark, along with members of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association and CMU students, will conduct the viewing sessions, provide tours, and comment on historical highlights of the facility.

Hands-on activities also will be provided in the observatory classroom, and visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, Clark said, weather permitting.

The Morrison Observatory features a 12¼-inch Clark refractor and a 10-inch reflecting telescope. The Observatory was originally located in Glasgow, and it was acquired by CMU in 1927 before moving to its current location in 1935.

The Observatory is located at 504 Park Rd. in northwestern Fayette (65248), across from the Fayette City Park and swimming pool.

Directions: Exit west on Besgrove Street from the intersection of Highways 5 and 240, and go approximately two blocks to Park Road and turn left; the Observatory is on the right, just a short distance from the turn.

For additional information about the Observatory, viewing sessions, or directions, contact Clark, preferably by e-mail at kwclark@centralmethodist.edu, or by calling 660-248-6383.

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