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
April 23, 2017 - International Observe the Sun Day
Observing starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. - come rain or shine. Clear skies will allow for live imaging of the sun while clouds will bring movies and a program about the features of the sun. This event is FREE to the public and is handicap accessible. The event is a part of Global Astronomy Month by Astronomers without Borders.
June 10, 2017 - Solar Observing at PMO Continues
The observatory will host a solar observing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Come rain or shine to enjoy a program on observing the August Solar Eclipse.
August 5, 2017 - Get Ready for the August 21st Solar Eclipse
Solar observing will be demonstrated from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Come to the observatory to learn about safe solar observing for the August 21st Solar Eclipse.
GS107, Beginning Astronomy
Summer Term - 4 credits
This summer term 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, nebulae 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.
GS298, Astronomical Imaging and Observing Skills - New!
Summer Term - 1 credit
Students will learn about telescope optics, alignment of telescope mounts, operation of CCD and astro video cameras, computer control of mounts and GoTo operation, imaging and processing images, and celestial coordinates and constellations. Class is limited to 6 students. All students will prepare a portfolio of images of Solar System objects as well as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Students will assist with community outreach observing days and nights.
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School visits to the observatory, either online or on site will be available in May, weather permitting. Please email the observatory to arrange a visit for either day (solar) or night time observing.
Public observing sessions will start with Solar observing on April 23rd. Please check events for additional public dates and times. Evening observation season will hopefully begin in June as weather permits.
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
Adjunct Professor, Science- Astronomy