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MSU South Farm Observatory to Host Weekend Stargazing

STARKVILLE, Miss. (Press Release) — A Saturday April 12 public viewing at Mississippi State’s E.I. Howell Observatory will offer opportunities to learn more about the Starburst Galaxy, Orion Nebula and planets Jupiter and Mars.

From 6-8 p.m., the university’s physics and astronomy department will open the observatory for stargazing. The telescopes are located off Blackjack Road on the South Farm, formally the H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center.

To reach the location, turn south at the Stone Boulevard intersection — just east of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Continue for two miles on Stone Boulevard Extended and follow signs to the observatory site.

Since temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s, participants are advised to dress warmly, said Angelle Tanner, assistant professor of astronomy.

For more information about the free viewing, contact Tanner at 662-325-4112 or at876@msstate.edu.

Learn more about the physics and astronomy department at http://physics.msstate.edu.

Complete information about MSU is available at www.msstate.edu.