The public is invited to view the Crab Nebula through Missouri S&T’s 16-inch-diameter telescope on Monday, Feb. 19. All viewings are subject to weather conditions.
The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 10 p.m. for the viewing. The sky must be clear for observing, and the session length will vary.
Viewings at the observatory are free of charge and no reservations are required. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.
The Crab Nebula is the result of a supernova noted by scientists in 1054 C.E. In the center of the nebula is a pulsar, a celestial object that emits regular pulses of radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation, which is thought to rotate every 30 seconds.
This is the second viewing of the semester. The next viewing will be held at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22.
Built in 1973, the Missouri S&T Observatory is located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave. (Highway 63), adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica, north of McNutt Hall and west of St. Patrick’s Lane.
For more information, or to have your email address added to an event notification mailing list for future updates and weather cancellation notices, contact Missouri S&T graduate student Ken Goss by email at email@example.com.