View planets, stars, supernova at MSU observatory

January 23, 2014


The Howell Observatory at Mississippi State University opens to the public this weekend for a special viewing. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

The Physics and Astronomy Department at Mississippi State University will host a free, public telescope viewing on Saturday [Jan. 25] at the university’s E.I. Howell Observatory.

Participants will be able to look at Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and a brand new supernova just discovered in the nearby Starburst Galaxy, M82, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Leveck Animal Research Center -- also known as South Farm.

Due to expected cold temperatures, participants should dress warmly, said Angelle Tanner, MSU assistant professor of astronomy.

To visit Howell Observatory, turn south off Blackjack Road at the Stone Boulevard intersection -- just east of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Travel on Stone Boulevard Extended for two miles, and follow the signs to the observatory site.

For more information, contact Tanner at 662-325-4112 or

Learn more about MSU's physics and astronomy department at