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2001

FMU Observatory To Offer Viewing of Leonid Meteor Shower, Nov. 18

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold an early morning  viewing session featuring the Leonid Meteor shower, Sunday (Nov. 18) from 4 to 6 a.m.

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

According to John Mattox, director of the FMU Dooley Planetarium and the observatory, this particular astronomical show could be intense as the Earth plows through concentrated dust from Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which flew by our planet in 1767.  The shower could feature nearly a meteor each second.  The Leonids gather their name from the fact that they come from the direction of the constellation Leo.

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 http://astro.fmarion.edu/observe/

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

#66/11-14-2001

Last Published: May 13, 2004 5:32 AM
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