] Around Columbia: June 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Laws Observatory and the Central Missouri Astronomical Association

Approaching Laws Observatory

Every Wednesday night from 8 - 10 p.m. members of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association volunteer their time to open and host visitors to the Laws Observatory.  I think this is an exceptional public service by the group, and frankly by Mizzou, to make this resource available.  I suggest going closer to 9 p.m. when it gets darker.  Last night, when we visited, the view of the moon was stunning and we were able to view Saturn and some of its moons. Most paid family activities are not this worthwhile.  Highly recommended.

Approaching the Physics Building

If you take the stairs this is the entry to the top floor where the telescope is located.

The ramp leads up to the telescope.

This is a visitors room with displays and other educational material for visitors.

This is a blurry view, handheld shot in the dark, from inside the observatory.  The moon is visible through the roof slot and the telescope itself is to the right of the picture.

Views from the Roof
The following pictures were all taken from the roof.


Scenic View
Although you are limited to a small area where you still have some nice views of the campus, and the Columbia, skyline.

This is the kind of attraction you might not otherwise hear about, and is one that works nicely with some other activity since you really only need to spend thirty minutes there.  The key with most activities is not to prolong it to the point that it becomes a chore rather than an adventure.

Here is a map to help you find your way:

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