• JMS Observatory The JMO

    Public Viewing at the JMO


    Open House Nights     

    Tuesday, 10/16 (7:00-9:00 PM) 
    Thursday, 10/18 (7:00-9:00 PM) 
    Saturday 10/20 (6:00-10:00 PM)  ** International Observe the Moon Night
    Thursday, 11/8 (7:00-9:00 PM) 
    Wednesday, 11/14 (7:00-9:00 PM) **NEW DATE**
    Tuesday, 11/20 (7:00-9:00 PM) 
    Thursday, 12/13 (6:30-8:30 PM)
    Tuesday, 12/18 (6:30-8:30 PM)
    Thursday, 12/20 (6:30-8:30 PM)
    International Astronomy Day Astro Day
    Saturday 10/13 (6:00-10:00 PM)
    Astronomy Day is a world-wide event observed each spring and fall. 
    Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and
    observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions,
    presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase
    public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.
    Come down to the Jackson Middle School Observatory and
    join with people around the globe exploring the night sky!

    International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)  
    Saturday 10/20 (6:00-10:00 PM)InOMN
    An annual world-wide public engagement program that
    encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding
    of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science
    and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the
    celebration by attending an InOMN event.
    Stop by the Jackson Middle School Observatory to
    join in the celebration of our celestial neighbor. 

    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