FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold public viewing sessions Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.
The observatory will be open from 7:30 until 10 p.m., and the session is open to the public free of charge.
Among the astronomical objects visible on those nights will be Jupiter and Saturn, the Pleiades and Beehive Clusters, and Orion’s Nebula.
The loosely structured FMU viewing programs allow visitors to come and go as they please. If weather conditions block viewing, this 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 http://astro.fmarion.edu/observe/
Additional viewing sessions are scheduled for April 15, 29, and 30.