MU observatory open Wednesday evening for cosmic spectacle

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 | 10:28 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Venus, Uranus and the moon will be visible within the same lens Wednesday evening through the telescope at MU's Laws Observatory.

Public viewing will begin at 8 p.m. at the observatory atop the Physics Building. The weather service was calling for mostly clear skies.

Val Germann of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association said the spectacle is a relatively rare alignment of the "king and queen of planets" on their path around the sun.

The viewing is co-sponsored by the astronomical association and MU's physics and astronomy department.

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