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Visiting PMO in September (2018)

Note: No additional tours for Labor Day weekend; Friday and Saturday (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) only. Also, the final weekend for tours at PMO this year is Sept. 14-15. Sunsets at PMO continue to rapidly become earlier in September – from about 7:40 p.m. at the outset to before 7:00 p.m. at the end. ...

Visiting PMO in August (2018)

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 to observe the ...

Perseid Meteor Shower (August 2018)

The Perseid Meteor Shower, caused by debris shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle entering the Earth’s atmosphere, is one of the astronomical highlights of the year for many observers. This year’s shower is expected to peak sometime on Sunday, August 12, when there is no moonlight ...

Visiting PMO in July (2018)

Reminder – No extra tours for the July 4 holiday (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 at ...

Visiting PMO in June (2018)

The portable toilets have arrived at PMO (and the road has been graded) as of June 15! 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 ...

Visiting PMO in May (2018) – PMO Opens May 25-26 of Memorial Day weekend for public tours

No viewing through telescopes is planned Friday due to poor weather. We hope to see you on Saturday! PMO telescope dome in May 2018 with Milky Way rising. It’s that time of year – public night sky tours at PMO begin Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, of Memorial Day weekend! Please note that ...

PMO Volunteers Annual Meeting (2018)

The annual orientation meeting for PMO volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday April 28 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. [Contact: Alton Luken, Operations Manager, Pine Mountain ...

Thanks for a great season!

Thanks to all the visitors (well over 1,000) who helped to make the 2017 summer tour season another great season at PMO. We had quite a few really nice clear nights, and we look forward to seeing many of you again in 2018, beginning Memorial Day weekend (Friday-Saturday, May 25-26, 2018). We also ...

Visiting PMO in September (2017)

Note: No additional tours for Labor Day weekend; Friday and Saturday (Sept. 1-2) only. Also PMO will be closed the last weekend in September (Sept. 29-30). Sunsets at PMO continue to rapidly become earlier in September – from about 7:40 p.m. at the outset to before 7:00 p.m. at the end. Please ...

Final Reminder – PMO Not Open for Eclipse!

As a final reminder, PMO is not in the path of totality, and will not be open, for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse or for normal evening viewing this weekend. See the post “Visiting PMO in August (2017)” for more details. Anyone viewing the eclipse from PMO grounds will be on their own, and ...
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