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Drake features Morehouse Comet exhibit; celebrates 100 years of astronomy

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Daniel Walter Morehouse
CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Drake University’s Cowles Library unveiled an exhibition
Tuesday, Sept. 2, that features the history of astronomy at Drake,
including the discovery of the Morehouse Comet. 

The display will run through December 2008 in the James Collier Heritage Room in Cowles Library, 2725 University Ave.

Drake alumnus Daniel Walter Morehouse, who served as Drake
president from 1922-1941, discovered the comet that bears his name in
September 1908. 

“This exhibition traces the history of astronomy at Drake
University from these beginnings to today when students in the Drake
Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI) program perform
astronomical research under the guidance of Professor Charles Nelson,”
said Sean Stone, pharmacy and science librarian at Cowles Library.

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Morehouse Comet

Drake has offered astronomy courses since at least 1888, and, in 1895, Francis Drake, for whom the University is named, donated a telescope to Drake. The telescope is still used at the Drake Municipal Observatory.

The Library also will have an online exhibit of the display and a Cowles Library Live! Event, “Daniel Morehouse and the Comet’s Tale.” The event, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, will feature Professor Charles Nelson, as well as a Drake Municipal Observatory Program that highlights Morehouse and the comet.

Due to construction on Drake’s campus, visitors will need to enter campus from University Avenue and follow the north/south sidewalk in front of Cowles Library that goes around the library on the east side of the building (toward Cole Hall). That walkway meets up with the sidewalk on the north side of the building (close to Carnegie Hall), where visitors will turn left or go west to the library’s entrance.

For more information, contact Sara Lowe, 515-271-2119 or sara.lowe@drake.edu or Sean Stone, 515-271-2175 or sean.stone@drake.edu.