PMO is open for the 2019 Season
Visiting PMO in July (2019)
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 at least 11:00 p.m. (weather permitting) to have a good observing experience including “deep sky” objects such as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Tours will not end until midnight this time of year, except possibly on full moon weekends, if the sky remains clear. Please arrive early (by about sunset), and check in at the greeting center next to the parking lot.
The planet Jupiter continues to be easily visible in July, and Saturn will also be visible in the southeastern sky, near the zodiac constellation of Sagittarius. Saturn has a favorable ring angle again this year – truly impressive on a good night! No other planets beyond the Earth will be visible during tours in July.
Moon viewing information:
July 5-6 – moon will be a nice crescent in the western sky, and not so bright that it “washes out” other objects; arrive shortly after sunset for viewing both the moon and Jupiter during twilight.
July 12-13 – moon approaching full; will be bright and up most of the night; avoid this weekend for “deep sky” observing.
July 19-20 – moon still bright (just after full) and rises around the time the sky gets completely dark, so also avoid this weekend for “deep sky” observing.”
July 26-27 – waning crescent moon doesn’t rise until around 2 a.m., so should be excellent for “deep sky” observing during normal tour hours.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at PMO!