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Visiting PMO in July (2016)

Reminder – No extra tours for the July 4 holiday weekend (Friday/Saturday only). PMO remains open for Friday and Saturday night tours, and with the start of July, we’re entering the “prime” of the tour season. Sunsets remain late (8:30 to 8:45 p.m. or so), so you should plan on staying until ...

Visiting PMO in June (2016)

PMO is now open for Friday and Saturday night tours, and June can be a good opportunity to visit. Keep in mind, however, that sunsets are late (8:45 p.m. or so), and you should plan on staying until at least 11:00 p.m. (weather permitting) to have a good experience including a couple of dark sky ...

PMO Opens May 27-28 of Memorial Day weekend for public tours

Update (Thursday afternoon): The forecast is now better again (partly cloudy, no rain/snow), but still cold (30s) at night, so be prepared if you do come! Otherwise perhaps we’ll see you at PMO in June. Note: Since this post was written, there was a late-season snowstorm at PMO, and the ...

Transit of Mercury

For more information, see the Sky & Telescope article at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/get-ready-for-may-9th-transit-of-mercury-041320162/. Transit of Mercury, May 9, 2016 at 8:47 a.m. PDT. Photo of transit added Monday evening. This photo was taken with the ...

PMO Volunteers Annual Meeting

The annual orientation meeting for PMO volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday April 30 at 3 p.m. at PMO. Potential new volunteers are welcome, but should call or email the PMO site manager first for additional information and to register. New volunteers receive sky familiarization and telescope ...

PMO Partners with Lights Out Bend

Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) is pleased to announce a partnership with Lights Out Bend (LOB), a volunteer-operated education and advocacy program, similar to that in other U.S. cities, intended to reduce the impact of artificial nighttime lighting on birds and bird migrations. LOB encourages ...

Final weekend for tours – and a lunar eclipse

This weekend (Sept. 25-27) is the final weekend of 2015 for public tours at PMO, and we have the added bonus of a total lunar eclipse, for which we’ll remain open on Sunday evening from about 7 to 9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the bright Moon will limit viewing of other sky objects, so tours ...

Visiting PMO in September

Reminder: Public tours are only given on Friday and Saturday evenings. No tours on Sunday September 6. The one exception will be for the lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, and only until about 9 p.m. if the weather is favorable. Thank you. Sunsets at PMO continue to rapidly become earlier in ...

Visiting PMO in August

Sunsets at PMO rapidly become earlier in August – from about 8:30 p.m. at the outset to about 7:45 p.m. at the end. This means you won’t have to wait as long to see the Milky Way and some great “deep sky” objects, but do plan on arriving at or shortly after sunset if you want ...

Arrive early to see Moon and planets

The planets Venus and Jupiter are sinking lower into the evening twilight after sunset. To see them, along with a very thin crescent Moon on Saturday July 18, please be ready at the PMO 24-inch telescope building by sunset, about 8:40 p.m. Saturn will be visible longer, and we expect to be showing ...
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