Once again the University of Missouri–St. Louis Department of Physics and Astronomy is bringing the sky to life with its annual observatory open house series. UMSL will hold a public viewing of Jupiter, Mercury, Beehive Cluster and M35 (open cluster) at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Richard D. Schwarz Observatory. The viewing is free and open to the public.

An expert will be on hand to answer questions. Each person gets a chance to look through the huge telescope lens. Bring the whole family.

All open houses include a viewing of the first quarter moon, along with additional nebulae and galaxies. In the case of inclement weather, the open house will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 25.

The Richard D. Schwartz Observatory is located at Florissant Rd. and Rosedale Dr. on UMSL’s campus.

More information:
umsl.edu/~physics/astro or 314-516-5706­

Kylie Shafferkoetter

Kylie Shafferkoetter

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