The Paul Morgan Observatory (PMO) is designed to provide onsite and online viewings of the sun and night sky. The GS107 2018 class lab exercises will include use of the observatory during the summer of 2018. The observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools and other groups via the Internet and onsite tours. Public days and nights at PMO will start once a month as the weather improves Summer 2018. See announcements below.
Photograph above: Frost Super Moon November 13, 2016 at 5:05 p.m. from PMO
Summer Observatory Programs
Using Your Telescope Workshop at PMO June 12th Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. Come to the observatory and get help with your telescope or binoculars. Stay until 9:30 pm or so and let's look at Venus and Jupiter with small scopes and binoculars before using the observatory scopes and cameras. This event is out of doors in the area around the observatory. Stay tuned for updates on the weather conditions. Cross your fingers for a good clear night. This free event is sponsored by U.C.C. and Umpqua Astronomers. Stop by to chat with local astronomers.
- June 23 (Saturday) come to the observatory at 9:00 p.m. to tour the moon, Jupiter and more.
- July 1 ( Sunday) 3 to 4 PM Solar Observing
- July 20 ( Friday night) a 9:00 p.m. observe the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and more
- July 29 ( Sunday) 3 to 4 pm Solar observing.
- August 17 ( Friday night) 9:00 p.m. observe the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and more
- August 26 ( Sunday) 3 to 4 p.m. Solar observing.
- September 14 ( Friday) 8:00 p.m. observe the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and more
Please check this site to confirm the observing session prior to going to the observatory. Weather and other isssues may postpone an observing session. Bring a jacket on cool evening sessions.
Check this section for weather updates, observing confirmation or cancellation. Look at this spot!
The sky looks good for tonight. Please bring a light jacket, it may be cool by 10 p.m. or so. Program starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 10:45 p.m.
School visits to the observatory, either online or on site will now be available as weather permits. 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 arrangements and a special link for either daytime (solar) or night time (night sky) observing.
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