The community is invited to view the moon and Mars through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, weather permitting. Mars is called “The Red Planet” for its reddish appearance due to iron oxide on its surface.
Visitors’ Night at the Observatory is free of charge and no reservations are required. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.
The observatory will also be open beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, to see the moon, Mars and Saturn. Viewing is subject to weather conditions.
Built in 1973, the Missouri S&T Observatory is adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica on Highway 63 North, north of V.H. McNutt Hall and west of St. Patrick’s Lane. For more information contact Dr. John L. Schmitt, associate professor of physics at Missouri S&T, at 573-341-4369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.