FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold a public viewing session Saturday, November 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to view dark sky objects and the moon.
The session is open to the public free of charge.
Prior to the moon rising at about 9 p.m., visitors will view dark sky objects such as the Great Andromeda Galaxy and the Great Orion Nebula. The last portion of the session will feature the waning gibbous moon.
A guided astronomy investigation will be available during this session for high school and middle school students. Many science teachers now offer extra credit for completion of this investigation.
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/