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FMU Observatory Programs To Feature Deep Sky Objects, Dec. 16, and a Partial Solar Eclipse, Dec. 25

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold a pair of public viewing sessions, Saturday Dec. 16, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

The Dec. 16 session will allow participants to view deep sky objects from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Christmas Day program, titled “Eclipse Open House,” will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and feature the last partial solar eclipse of the second millennium.  At approximately 12:30 p.m., the peak of the event, 35 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon.

Admission to both programs is free, although interested viewers for the Dec. 25 session are asked to R.S.V.P. at 843-661-1441.

The loosely structured viewing programs allow visitors to come and go as they please.  If weather conditions block viewing, the sessions 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.


Last Published: May 28, 2004 6:23 AM
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