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Visiting PMO in August (2017)

Important reminder: PMO is NOT in the path of totality for the August 21 total solar eclipse, and will NOT be open that day or the weekend of August 18-20. For a possible eclipse viewing site, see https://www.oregonsolarfest.com/. The eclipse at PMO will be 98.9% partial in terms of ...

Visiting PMO in July (2017)

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 ...

Excellent sky conditions expected this weekend (June 23-24)

After poor sky and weather conditions earlier this month, things have improved greatly, and we’re expecting an excellent weekend of viewing on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24. The sky should be dark (no moonlight) and transparent, and nighttime temperatures at PMO should only dip into ...

PMO Closed Saturday June 10 due to poor weather

We regret that Pine Mountain Observatory will be closed on Saturday, June 10, due to forecast very poor weather conditions, including likelihood of rain and snow showers, and wind gusts. Viewing will also be very limited on Friday June 9, with only one small portable telescope to be available if it ...

Visiting PMO in June (2017)

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 26-27 of Memorial Day weekend for public tours

It’s that time of year – public night sky tours at PMO begin Friday and Saturday, May 26-27, of Memorial Day weekend! Please note that there are no tours on Sunday and/or Monday, even when there is a Monday holiday. Always check the weather forecast and the PMO weather page before visiting; you ...

PMO Volunteers Annual Meeting (2017)

The annual orientation meeting for PMO volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday May 13 at 4 p.m. at PMO. [Time revised to allow for Dr. Fisher to call-in from the UO at 5 p.m.] Potential new volunteers are welcome, but should call or email the PMO site manager first for additional information and ...

Thanks for a great season!

I had intended to post this sooner, but better late than never! Thanks to all the visitors (well over 1,000) who helped to make the 2016 summer tour season another great season at PMO. We look forward to seeing many of you again in 2017, beginning Memorial Day weekend (Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, ...

Visiting PMO in September (2016)

Note: No additional tours for Labor Day weekend; Friday and Saturday (Sept. 2-3) only. 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 arrive early (by sunset), especially if you want to see Saturn, which is ...

PMO Closed Saturday August 20

Pine Mountain Observatory is closed Saturday, August 20, due to ongoing efforts to fully contain the fire which burned about 250 acres last night about two miles from the observatory. This applies to the observatory only. For PMO campground and road information, please check local news reports or ...
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