Observatory Nights Begin This Week

observatory.jpgMorrison Observatory, operated by Central Methodist University in Fayette, will soon open its doors for three public nights in April. The sessions are free and open to all, starting at 8 p.m. on April 11, 18, and 25.

CMU professor Paul Temple will give a brief talk about telescopes and show a short video on the history of the Morrison Observatory. Central Methodist lab assistants Saige Niemeier and Colton King will host tours.

The observatory will be open on the public nights regardless of weather. Visitors can expect to observe the universe through the Clark refractor telescope if the night is clear. If the weather is cloudy, patrons can still come and enjoy Temple’s talk, as well as a movie, ambiance, and history of the Observatory.

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. To get to the Observatory, 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.

There is no charge for attending the events, but donations to the Observatory for upkeep are welcome.

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