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Dooley Planetarium at FMU Presents Show on Jan. 28 ; FMU Observatory Holds Viewing Session on Jan. 27

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Dooley Planetarium on the campus of Francis Marion University will present a program titled “2001: The Year Ahead,” Sunday (Jan. 28), while the FMU observatory will hold a public viewing session on Saturday (Jan. 27) night.

The observatory session will feature the viewing of deep-sky objects from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is free.  The public may call 843-661-1355 for recorded information about the prospect of a clear sky to allow the event to be held.  Interested persons can visit the observatory webpage at

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

“2001: The Year Ahead” will be a preview of the astronomical year ahead, including how constellations will move through the sky, where to find the planets, how to see the International Space Station from your backyard, and what NASA is up to.

Following the regular schedule of planetarium programs on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, “2001: The Year Ahead” will be repeated Feb. 11 and 25.

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

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Last Published: May 12, 2004 5:43 AM
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