• JMS Observatory The JMO

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    Farewell, Cassini!

    Thursday, September 14, 7:30-9:00Cassini in orbit of Saturn

    Join us as we mark the end of the Cassini Mission to Saturn. For the last 13 years, NASA's Cassini probe has been a billion miles away, in orbit around Saturn. From that vantage point, it has provided a wealth of information and has greatly increased our understanding of the ringed planet. Early on the morning of September 15, the probe will enter the atmosphere of Saturn and burn-up, destroying the probe and ending the mission. Join us as we review its history and take a look back at all that it has taught us. With clear skies, we will even be able to get a close up look at Saturn through the observatory's telescope.  Click HERE to watch its final plunge.


    telescope Public Viewing at the JMO  

    Open House Nights

    Thursday, 9/14, 7:30-9:00, Farewell Cassini (see above)
    Tuesday, 9/26, 7:30-9:30
    Thursday, 9/28, 7:30-9:30
    Monday, 10/2, 7:30-9:30
    Tuesday, 10/24, 7:00-9:00
    Thursday, 10/26, 7:00-9:00
    Saturday, 10/28, 6:00-10:00, International Observe the Moon Night
    Thursday, 11/2, 7:00-9:00
    Tuesday, 11/28, 7:00-9:00
    Thursday, 11/30, 7:00-9:00
    Sunday, 12/3, 5:00-9:00, The Super Moon
    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