Venus, Mars visible through S&T’s telescope April 20

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On April 9, 2012

The 16-inch telescope at the Missouri University of Science and Technology Observatory will be set up to view Venus and Mars, the two brightest planets in the sky, on Friday, April 20. Doors will open at 8 p.m. The sky must be clear for observing and session length will vary. This will be the final viewing of the spring semester.


Ultraviolet image of Venus’ clouds as seen by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter. Photos courtesy of NASA

Visitors’ Night at the Observatory is free to the public and no reservations are required. Each observing session is open-ended. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.


Mars from Hubble Space Telescope, with dust storm visible.

Built in 1973, the Missouri S&T Observatory is located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave. (Highway 63 North), adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica, 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

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