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Laws Observatory

About Us

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.

Getting ready (Val & Yicheng)

What's New?

12/21/2020
KOMU Channel 8 did a live streaming of the Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction this evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the observatory. Valentine Germann, Ronald Boian, Yicheng Guo, and Haojing Yan were on site for the event.

Jupiter/Saturn as seen from the back of the 16"

Jupiter/Saturn as seen from the back of the 16"

Val during the interview

Val during the interview 

Ron during the interview

Ron during the interview

As the 16" was used for the streaming, no still pictures were taken from it during the event. We do have a picture taken the night before (12/20), as well as one taken by Eric Spurgeon (a CMAA member) using a telescope of similar design on 12/21.

(Jupiter/Saturn taken at the 16" in the evening of December 20, 2020)

(Jupiter/Saturn taken at the 16" in the evening of December 20, 2020)

(Jupiter/Saturn taken by Eric with his 8" on December 21, 2020)

(Jupiter/Saturn taken by Eric with his 8" on December 21, 2020)

12/04/2020: Ron Boain gave a great talk about the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (Kepler's "Fiery Trigon"), which is a 20-year event that can be seen this year on December 21, right after the sunset. Two slides from his talk are put here as the viewing guide. To download, right-click on the images and save.

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08/24/2020: Due to the pandemic, we will not have the Wednesday 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!

Moving the 14-inch out of the box for testing (10/07/2019)

Moving the 14-inch out of the box for testing (10/07/2019)

Meade 14" on its tripod (10/07/2019; Val in the background)

Meade 14" on its tripod (10/07/2019; Val in the background)