View the Night Skies at Historic Morrison Observatory

Guided sessions on Thursdays in September, October and November

Central Missouri residents are invited to view and learn more about the universe at any of several guided sessions at the historic Morrison Observatory operated by Central Methodist University in Fayette on Thursday evenings starting Sept. 4.

All sessions are free and open to the general public. Hours are 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6.

Central Methodist University Professor Dr. Kendal Clark and Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Peery, along with members of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association and CMU students, will conduct the viewing sessions, provide tours and comment on historical highlights of the facility.

Hands-on science activities also will be provided in the Observatory classroom. Visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, weather permitting.

The planets Mars and Saturn will be in western skies through Mid-September. The moon will be visible in the evening sky on Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, 9 and 30 and Nov. 6. Visitors will also be able to view selected star clusters, double stars and nebula.

The observatory is located 504 Park Road in northwestern Fayette (65248), across from the Fayette City Park and swimming pool. Exit west on Besgrove Street from the intersection of Highways 5 and 240 and go approximately two blocks to Park Road and turn left; the observatory is on the right a short distance from the turn.

For additional information about the observatory, viewing sessions or directions, contact Dr. Clark, director of the observatory and assistant professor of physics, by (preferably) e-mail at or call 660-248-6383, or e-mail Dr. Larry Peery at

The Morrison Observatory, which is celebrating its 139th anniversary this year, features a 12¼ -inch Clark refractor and a 10-inch reflecting telescope. The observatory was originally located in Glasgow and acquired by Central Methodist in 1927 and moved to its current location in 1935.


Posted August 28, 2014