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FMU To Look Skyward Dec. 16 & 17

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Dooley Planetarium on the campus of Francis Marion University will present the final showing of its annual holiday program titled “The Christmas Star,” Sunday (Dec. 17), while the FMU Observatory will hold a public viewing session on Saturday (Dec. 16).

The planetarium show will begin at 3 p.m. and admission is free.  The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Cauthen Educational Media Center.

The observatory session feature the viewing of deep-sky objects from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is also free.

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.

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.

Interested persons can visit the observatory webpage at

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

For more information about the Dooley Planetarium, visit its website at

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Last Published: May 28, 2004 5:53 AM
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