Morrison Observatory, first located in nearby Glasgow and moved to Fayette in 1935, is home to a treasured artifact from an earlier era of astronomy - a Clark telescope.
Unlike today's reflector telescopes which use mirrors to magnify distant light rays, these refractors used a powerful lens and the long body of the telescope itself to bring deep space objects into view. The popular image of an observatory - a lone scientist looking through a long lens inside a domed structure - dates from the era of the Clark telescope and describes the Morrison Observatory perfectly.
Morrison Observatory is located at 700 Park Road, next to the Fayette City Park. To reach the observatory, take Besgrove Street west from the intersection of Highways 5 and 240 in Fayette. Turn left on Park Road. The observatory is on the right.
The Observatory is offering guided session on certain nights in the fall. All sessions are free and open to the general public. Hours are 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6.
For more information about the Observatory please contact Dr. Kendal Clark at 660-248-6383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.