• JMS Observatory The JMO

    Public Viewing at the JMO


    Open House Nights           

    Saturday, 10/5 (6:00-10:00) International Observe the Moon Night*
    Tuesday, 10/8 (7:00-9:00)
    Wednesday, 11/6 (6:30-8:30)
    Thursday, 11/7 (6:30-8:30)
    Thursday, 11/14 (6:30-8:30)
    Tuesday, 12/3 (6:30-8:30)
    Thursday, 12/5 (6:30-8:30)

    InOMN Logo *The International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a world-wide celebration of our nearest celestial neighbor: the Moon! Each year in the fall, millions of people from hundreds of locations in countries across the globe come together to view the Moon and learn about its diverse roles in culture, history, science, and exploration. 
    This year, on October 5, 2019 the Jackson Middle School Observatory will be hosting an InOMN event from 6:00 - 10:00. From the roof-top observatory, we'll train the 14" telescope on the Moon for a spectacular view! Come on out and join us for a night of lunar exploration and fun!

    See the International Observe the Moon website for more details: http://observethemoonnight.org/



    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