• JMS Observatory The JMO

    Public Viewing at the JMO


    Due to COVID-19, the observatory is closed until further notice.


    Virtual Star Parties!

    With distance learning still in effect, we're going to meet online and provide you a virtual tour of the night sky!

    See below for dates and access codes!


    Virtual Open House Nights on ZOOM             

    Tuesday, June 16, 7:00- 8:00 PM CDT
    Meeting ID: 889 6180 1603 Password: N5j5cQ
    Thursday, June 18, 7:00- 8:00 PM CDT
    Meeting ID: 828 4658 6419 Password: K66338
    Tuesday, June 23, 7:00- 8:00 PM CDT
    Meeting ID: 896 6603 1031 Password: pLvB5G
    Thursday, June 25, 7:00- 8:00 PM CDT
    Meeting ID: 828 0549 5624 Password: 8giFvG

    Visiting the JMO

    Join us at the JMS observatory to look the Moon, planets, stars, constellations, and anything else we can find in space. Public viewings will be held at least twice each month, if clear, along with special event nights when something of interest is happening in the sky above.
    Each night starts with a little introduction to the sky. We will fire up our projectors to give you a guided tour of the events for the month and even teach you to use a star map that you can take home, to continue your exploration. Next, we'll head outside for a tour of the constellations, pointing out the North Star and the seasonal highlights overhead. Finally, we will head up to the dome and our 14" telescope, for an up-close tour of the cosmos. Use your phone to capture your very own souvenir photo of the Moon. There is just so much to see! 
     When visiting the observatory in public nights, DO NOT come through the school. 
     Park in the north lot, south of 111th Ave N, on Yates Ave N. 
    PLEASE NOTE: Weather is always an issue! If it is cloudy or raining, viewings may be canceled. Check the website before coming. Dress for the weather. The temperature of the dome is like that of the outdoors. Please check this website at 6:00 p.m. on viewing dates to make sure viewing has not been canceled.   


     Observatory Contact: 

    Ron Schmit

    Jackson Middle School Observatory Coordinator

    6000 109th Avenue N, Champlin, MN 55316

    Ronald.Schmit@ahschools.us  |  (763) 506-3940