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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gazing Upon the Crescent Moon of Islam

MU doctoral student will discuss the relationship between Islam and the moon.

October 6th, 2010

Story Contact: MU News Bureau, 573-882-6211,

WHAT: Found on the flags of Islamic countries around the world, the crescent moon and star together is the symbol for Islam. This Wednesday, the public is invited to learn about the Muslim relationship with the moon and other celestial bodies from doctoral student Arielle Newgard in a talk entitled “Islam and the Moon.”

The Cosmic Conversations lecture series is hosted by the University of Missouri Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Laws Observatory and the Central Missouri Astronomical Association.

WHO: Newgard is a doctoral student in the MU College of Arts and Science Department of Physics and Astronomy.

WHERE: Room 120, Physics Building, MU Campus

Laws Observatory is located on the fifth floor of the Physics Building.

WHEN: Discussion: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Observatory Hours: 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public.