The Dr. Paul Morgan Observatory is designed to provide onsite and online viewings of the night sky. The GS107 class lab exercises include use of the observatory during the summer of 2016. The observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools via the Internet and onsite tours starting September 2016. As summer comes to a close, the observatory will provide limited services this fall until it becomes fully operational in spring 2017.
GS107, Beginning Astronomy, is offered each summer term. This 4 credit astronomy class is taught online with Canvas and can fulfill science elective credits for many different certificates, programs and degrees. Students are encouraged to come to the observatory for weekly observing and imaging sessions either onsite or online. Students get a guided tour of the night sky and observe planets, the moon, the sun, stars, star clusters, nebula and galaxies. All observing is in a group setting on site or online using the observatory's digital cameras to gather target object images in real-time.
Visit the Observatory
During the initial configuration and testing period this fall, on site public or school visits to the observatory will be limited. Expanded opportunities for more regular public observing sessions will commence in spring 2017.
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