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FMU Observatory to hold viewing session, Feb. 20

     FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold a public viewing session, Friday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

     The viewing session is open to the public free of charge.

     Among the objects visible will be Venus and a few deep sky objects.  

     The loosely structured viewing program allows visitors to come and go as they please. If weather conditions block viewing, the session will be canceled. The public may call 843-661-1355 for recorded information about the prospect of a clear sky to allow the event to be held. Visitors to the observatory are urged to dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures will be much cooler in the evening hours. Flashlights may be used for walking to the observatory, but visitors will not be allowed to drive out to the observatory unless prior arrangements have been made with the observatory director, Jeannette Myers. 

      The FMU observatory is located beyond the outfield fence of the FMU Softball Field, south of the Smith University Center. Visitors can park in Lot D at the southern end of the campus and follow the walkway to the observatory.  

     Persons requiring special assistance to visit the observatory, or seeking more information, may call 843-661-1441. The observatory webpage is 

     There will also be another meeting of the FMU Astronomy Club on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Room 102 in Leatherman Science Building at FMU. These meetings will be held on the last Friday of each month. 

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Last Published: February 12, 2009 8:48 AM
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