Laws Observatory

Laws Observatory, located on top of the Astronomy & Physics building on the UMC Campus in Columbia, Missouri, hosts a number of small telescopes, a computer room and an astronomy exhibit room with a collection of autographed pictures from NASA Mission Control, astronauts, engineers and people connected with NASA. The Observatory is open every Wednesday night from 8 - 10 pm (weather permitting), except holidays.


What's New

08/24/2020: Due to the pandemic, we will not have the Wendesday Open House in the Fall semester. We hope to resume as soon as the situation is under control.

10/10/2019: We're testing a Meade LX200 14-inch that was donated to us a while ago. Stay tuned!

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Laws Observatory at night

Laws Observatory at night

NASA wall of fame

NASA wall of fame

Comet Holmes

Comet Holmes, taken using the 16" Celestron Scmidt Cassagrain in 2007 October (Image Credit: Valentine Germann)

Moving the 14-inch out of the box for testing

The 14" Meade was taken out from its box for testing (October 7, 2019).

Setting up the 14-inch

The 14" Meade on its tripod, with Val in the background (October 7, 2019).

Moon with the 14"

A test image of the Moon using the 14" (October 7, 2019).