The community is invited to view the moon, Mars and Saturn through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope at the Observatory beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, weather permitting.
Often called “The Red Planet,” Mars has a reddish appearance due to iron oxide on its surface. Saturn’s ring system makes the planet one of the most beautiful objects in the solar system.
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.
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.