The Paul Morgan Observatory (PMO) is designed to provide onsite and online viewings of the sun and night sky. The observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools and other groups via the Internet and onsite tours. If skies are cloudy a short lecture with slides and videos will be presented. See announcements below.
Photograph above: Orion Nebula from PMO
Winter Observing- Free to the public
Clouds and rain have signalled the beginning of the Winter Observatory Season. January will bring the start of a monthly public observing program at PMO that concludes in September. Come the last Friday of every month January thru September to view the moon with many different telescopes. We will also observe planets and deep space objects like star clusters and galaxies. Dress warmly since winter nights can be very chilly. Observing starts just after twilight.
Important Announcement: Until further notice the observatory will no longer be hosting onsite visits or tours. This decision will be reviewed frequently and hopefully the observatory will soon return to accepting visitors.
Virtual observing may be available at the Observatory. Please call or email to set up a special virtual visit. See Contacts below
Last Friday Moon Watch postponed until July. --Sept.
Weather permitting, join Umpqua Astronomers at the observatory to observe the moon Friday night hopefully starting in July 31-- 9 to 10:30 p.m. PDT
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.
Did you know?
Each summer, students can enroll in GS107 - Beginning Astronomy. This 4 credit transferable science class with lab is available online but encourages local students to come to the observatory several times during the 9 week term starting in July. More distant students can access the observatory imaging sessions remotely via Zoom. This is a great class to take in order to fulfill a science elective for many programs of study! The 2020 Summer term starts June 28th and ends August 29. Be sure to check the summer class schedule in May/June.
UCC supports STEAM education in the community. In addition to the observatory, UCC also supports the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub. Together, we have promoted events like the Solar System Walk, STEAM Extravaganza, and many Observatory programs.
UCC offers degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (aka STEAM). You are invited to explore them, share them, and get started in these vital fields of study. In fact, please take a few moments to become familiar with these UCC programs.
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We hope that the activities at the Paul Morgan Observatory inspire you to "Reach for the Stars" by starting an educational journey in STEAM related areas of study at UCC. Ready?
Paul Morgan - Contact
Assistant Professor, Science - Astronomy
Observatory 541-440-4719 leave a message or 541-673-1081