• 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!


    The Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

    The planet Saturn takes 29 years to orbit the Sun, while faster Jupiter does it in 12. As a result, approximately every
    20 years, Jupiter passes Saturn in our sky. This year that pass will be exceptionally close! So close, that on December 21,
    your eyes will see them as one star. They haven't been this close in over 400 years! If we could look through our JMO
    Telescope, they would be visible in the eyepiece at the same time! Alas, COVID restrictions will prevent that from
    happening, so instead, we are going to meet online for a virtual tour. Join us to see this planetary pair and all the
    amazing sights in the winter sky!

     JS Conjunction


    Virtual Open House Nights on ZOOM             


    Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST
    Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87043019422?pwd=cnhtRWlHd2VBKzRISHZSaDFzOG9rdz09
    Meeting ID: 870 4301 9422    Passcode: 0EEJ3s
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84785823385?pwd=MkFxNE1GV2piWE90OXl3TEFYZ1d6QT09
    Meeting ID: 847 8582 3385   Passcode: Zjr8Z4

    Monday, March 1, 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST 
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83776910646?pwd=TzQ0S1JTeUlCcCtkWlpsNjA0S0dtQT09
    Meeting ID: 837 7691 0646   Passcode: 1Vz5Hw

    Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST 
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89055777027?pwd=b3RyREpKdFFUWkN4cG5GeTFtQTJadz09
    Meeting ID: 890 5577 7027   Passcode: NCaBy6


    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