Visit Morrison Observatory On Halloween

Special events planned, kids of all ages welcome

For a special Halloween treat, area residents are invited to visit the historic Morrison Observatory at Central Methodist University in Fayette on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Observatory will hold a special Halloween-themed public night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. that evening. Special hands on science experiments, crafts for the kids to take home, and special science demonstrations performed by some CMU Science faculty will take place.

If it is a clear night, they will also be observing the stars with the telescopes, according to Dr. Kendal Clark, CMU assistant professor of physics and co-curator of the observatory. There is no fee to participate.

The Morrison Observatory, which is celebrating its 138th anniversary this year, features a 12-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.

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 at or call 660-248-6383.


Posted October 21, 2013