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Calendar Item: MU Hosts “Haunted” Observatory, Ghostly Historical Scientists Will Bring Astronomy to Life

October 25th, 2016

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: With Halloween approaching, scientists from the University of Missouri’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a Halloween-themed observatory to teach children about astronomy. The event will feature deceased astronomers from history who will be available to talk with parents and their kids as they view the night sky from the observatory. Candy and other treats will be available during the event.

Children will have opportunities to visit the “Hogwarts Astronomy Tower” where they will meet long-dead historical astronomers, including Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo. Guests also will be escorted by Professors Snape, McGonagal and Sinistra from the Harry Potter novels.

WHO: Parents and children who are interested in learning about astronomy

WHERE: Laws Observatory, Physics Building, MU campus

WHEN: 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26        

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. The observatory will be open if weather permits.