Super Moon October 2016

Paul Morgan Observatory

The Paul Morgan Observatory (PMO) is designed to provide onsite and online viewings of the sun and  night sky. The GS107 2017 class lab exercises will include use of the observatory during the summer of 2017. The observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools via the Internet and onsite tours starting spring 2017.

Photograph above: Frost Super Moon November 13, 2016 at 5:05 p.m. from PMO

How do I get to the Observatory?

As you approach the main UCC Campus take the first left, up the hill. Turn left, through the big yellow gate.  Go past SOWI at the top of the hill, continue around the loop past the PE Complex.  Just before you get to the Technology Center see a sign to the Tower Building on the right. Turn right and head up the small paved road and turn on the first left up the hill.  Park by the Tower Building and walk across th aprking lot to the Observatory.  You made it!

Observatory Announcements

New photos were added to the photo album page.

Weather data is now available in real-time from the Davis Weather Station at the PMO.  Available 24-7.

The first live streaming tests were successfully conducted with the Lunt Hydrogen Alpha refractor atop the C14 with a Skyris 274 C camera.  Live streaming will be begin (hopefully) in late July after a few more tests.  Stay tuned.

August 5, 2017 - Get Ready for the August 21st Solar Eclipse

Solar observing will be demonstrated from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Come to the observatory to learn about safe solar observing for the August 21st Solar Eclipse. Solar Eclipse glasses may be available. Free solar projection cards and other handoouts will be available.

August 8, 2017 - Umpqua Astronomers meeting - 6:30 p.m.

Come to Wayne Crooch Hall, Room 18 for the final talk about the August 21st solar eclipse. Solar projection cards will be given away as well as handouts about the eclipse.

Coming soon - Public evening observing sessions (September)

Visit the Observatory

School visits to the observatory, either online or on site are available NOW, weather permitting. Please email the observatory to arrange a visit for either day (solar) or night time observing.   Schools that want to visit online should  email for arrangments and a special link for either daytime(solar) or night time (night sky) oberving. 

 The observatory is located near the Tower Building at UCC. Limited parking is available around the Tower Building. However, there is more parking down the hill from the observatory in front of the Technology Center. For more information, see map. The observatory is handicap accessible and is designed for wheelchair viewing of the TV monitors. Images are seen in real-time in color on large screen TV monitors allowing for group presentations. Simultaneously, the presentations with images can be broadcast online.


Paul Morgan - Contact
Assistant Professor, Science - Astronomy