FMU Observatory To Offer Viewing of Comet Linear C/2000 WM1 on Dec. 8
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold a public viewing session featuring the Comet Linear C/2000 WM1, Saturday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 11 p.m.
The session is open to the public and free of charge.
The Linear Telescope discovered this comet last year, beyond the orbit of Jupiter. It is now approaching the sun and may be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. The comet is being called the Christmas Comet.
The session will also offer viewing of the Great Andromeda Galaxy.
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.
Persons requiring special assistance to visit the observatory, or seeking more information, may call 843-661-1441. The observatory webpage is located at http://astro.fmarion.edu/observe/
Interested person are also invited to a viewing of the partial solar eclipse, Friday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at the site of the Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City. This site is located near the intersection of S.C. Highway 327 and Interstate 95, and it will afford optimum viewing of a 40 percent eclipsed sun as it sets in the Southwest.