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 observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools and other groups via the Internet and onsite tours. Scheduled public nights at PMO will conclude this month ( Oct.) .  Short notice days or evenings will be announced on the website for Winter 2018/19. See announcements below as weather permits .

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

Observatory Programs

Come to the observatory for a Fall Finale public event. Celebrate with Umpqua Astronomers International Observe the Moon Night on October 13th at 7 p.m. PDT.  The theme for IOMN 2018 is Apollo 8th 50th anniversary trip around the moon in 1968.     Limited parking by the Tower Building. Space limited inside the observatory.  Seating is first come, first seated.   Please bring a warm coat or blanket due to cool fall nights.

IOMN 2018 will feature various  UA astronomers telescopes to observe the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.  The observatory telescopes will seek out and image the moon, planets including Neptune and Uranus as well as many deep sky delights.  This will conclude public events at the observatory for the Fall season.

Short Notice announcements will be HERE.  Approximately 24 to 48 hour notice of upcoming events for late October and November.  The Observatory will be closed for December 2018 and January 2019.   Short notice events will begin February 2019 through April 2019.  Summer 2019 will start in May 2019 and end September 2019. 

All observing events are subject to viewing quality. Smoke and clouds can make viewings impossible. In which case, an alternate presentation may be given during the summer season.  Please check this site for notice of cancellation during the short notice seasons.

Visit the Observatory

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?

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 Observatory programs. 

Additionally, 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.


Paul Morgan - Contact
Assistant Professor, Science - Astronomy