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Welcome to
the Observatory
at Pine Mountain!

Dome of 15"
telescope in
foreground.

Dome of 32"
research 'scope
at upper level,
amateur scopes
and bovine on
either side.

photo by
Rick Kang

Observatory opens Memorial Day weekend.

Website modified Monday, May 16th, 2016, sky info updated.

Jupiter rules evening sky, Mars and Saturn visible late night.



This website may come down in June as outreach is being
discontinued (I'm retiring).  Please let me know if you use the website
or find it useful, I may extend its life or move it.  epoguy@gmail.com

UO STEMCORE has posted several of my
Powerpoint presentations
that are designed for use in K-16 outreach classes.  You're welcome
to download and use them, just please give us credit, thanks!

See latest info and images about New Horizons Mission
to Pluto at Johns Hopkins
website.

What does Noontime at Pluto look like? 

PlutoTime project.

Sky summary:

Mercury is west of Sun in predawn sky.  Venus is just west of Sun, won't be readily visible for next few months.  Mars and Saturn rise in east around 100 AM, near star Antares in Scorpius, note how Antares indeed "rivals" apparition of Mars, both objects reddish and bright.  Bright Jupiter dominates southern evening sky and sets by 4 AM.  Note the bright star, Sirius, in the SW evening sky, rivaling brightness of Jupiter a ways to left of Sirius.

See more sky details at
Current Sky Info page at this website.

From Jon Schwartz of Eugene Astronomical Society, look at this
wonderful depiction of the Milky Way that shows nearby stars:
http://stars.chromeexperiments.com/
 
Speaking of PLANETS, Bruce Hindrichs of Eugene Astronomical Society
recently discovered this URL from the Exploratorium that lets you
visualize/construct SCALE MODELS of Solar System planets: their relative sizes and distances apart:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/
There may still be a current problem with the above link from this website
due to HTML and ISP problems, we're continuing to work on it, meanwhile just
type the link in manually as shown, URL is correct.

Watch the Sun slip SOUTHward, ALL grade levels invited to participate.  Contact Rick, epoguy @gmail.com, to visit your classroom with OUTREACH PROGRAM this Summer or Fall.
(Other astrophysical topics available, including new presentation about the Milky Way and other Galaxies.)

Contact me, Rick, epoguy@gmail.com, to schedule visits to your classrooms.  Due to fiscal issues, the classroom outreach program has been severely curtailed and is only available with advance notice and may require payment to cover costs.  Please contact me if you'd like to sponsor this highly popular ongoing STEM program that involves students in Science Inquiry activities within the context of space science/astrophysics.

Contact Mark at PMO, markpmo@uoregon.edu to make reservations to tour PMO for groups and classes this Spring and Summer.

See and view through the 24" telescope and also through the historic rebuilt 15" telescope!
Check the Pine Mountain Observatory
website for latest info about
Observatory and for current webcam views at PMO.

T
our of International Space Station (ISS) by Commander Sunita Williams who returned to Earth two years ago after several months in orbit.

Click here to access University of Oregon Physics/Astrophysics links, Professor Greg Bothun's Electronic Universe.

Click here to access University of Oregon Professor James Schombert's
links to his astrophysics lectures and courses.

U Ariz Professor Chris Impey posted this significant resource:
http://teachastronomy.com

Hats off to JPL's Mars Science Laboratory team whose rover, Curiosity, has successfully landed at the target site, Gale Crater, on Mars!
   See http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/  for latest images and
including link to panorama views!  WOW!

Check this out for a chuckle: We're NASA and We Know It spoof.

Monitor frequent Solar Flares and associated Aurorae
, see
http://www.spaceweather.com link.

Teachers: email epoguy@gmail.com or call Rick at 541-683-1381, to schedule outreach visits to your classroom for 2016-2017 schoolyear!  I have investigations, simulations, model construction, diagrams, kinesthetic and manipulative activities.  Lessons for all grade levels.  I've assembled a series of lessons with accompanying Powerpoint Presentations for a general astronomy unit for 6th grade that lasts five weeks. 
I'm counting on you to contact me, as everyone is so busy now.  The outreach program has effectively ended, and I'm retired, so if you really do want a visit, you'll need to contact me.  I envision working with a handful of Eugene metro area schools this Fall with perhaps one or two long range trips if sponsors can be found.

I realize that most District budgets have a deficit.  We're asking for donors to underwrite the travel costs of this significant and unique outreach program that provides STEM (Sci-Tech-Engineering-Math) skills lessons.  Please contact Rick, epoguy@gmail.com, to arrange for donations.  We'll need funding immediately to restore our program.  Thanks!

See astrophysical projects for older students at the Amherst website
compilation of
Projects for Astro 101 and 102.

Let JPL's
Planetquest Trip Planner help you calculate travel time via
various vehicles to various Planets and Stars.

See
scale of sizes from very smallest to very largest in nature,
Planck Length to estimated size of our Universe,
interactive viewer by Huang brothers.

Great new features about ExoPlanets at
new graphichttp://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov
including applet where you can customize your own planet!

See UC Professor Martin White's site that has many links about
large scale structure and cosmology.

See http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/SpaceMath.html  NASA SPACE MATH interactive site for teaching and learning math applications.

See http://www.purdue.edu/impactearth/ for simulation of impacts onto
Earth, you can set parameters and the software calculates and displays
results.  (Thanks to Mel Bartels for noting this new site.)

Read the article on the MSNBC website about star
in Milky Way that appears to have planet orbiting, this star may be from
another galaxy originally, thus a trans galactic exoplanet!

Stunning images of our Sun posted by Solar Dynamics Observatory.
 
Details of LCROSS lunar impact at LCROSS Website.
Several cameras on board did capture small plume,
and lots of data indicated presence of water.

Link added to major website about 40th Anniversary of US Landing
on the Moon, July 20th, 1969.

If you're into Black Holes, check out this site with FAQs about Black Holes.
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GalileoScope info added to News and Projects area.
This is a "Telescope for all students" concept.  The
instrument is a simple refracting telescope in kit form,
very easy to assemble (no tools needed), and shows
you the craters/mountains on the Moon, Moons of
Jupiter, and other similar objects that Galileo saw for
the first time, 400 years ago.  Tip: download
the 7 page instruction sheet from their site, much better
directions than those that come with the kit.
Mounted to a standard camera tripod (scope comes with
correct nut securely fastened to bottom of telescope tube)
you have an instrument that students of all ages will
enjoy readily looking through, across the street, or at
a daytime Moon (beware to NEVER VIEW NEAR SUN!).
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Follow the NASA/JPL DAWN mission enroute asteroids
Ceres and Vesta.  Arrived at Vesta recently, stunning images.
Website link under Online Resources listing of Solar System missions.

News about Outreach Programs, Analog Moon Computer device, new International Project,  how to visit Pine Mountain Observatory, and other noteworthy Oregon Astronomy sites. 

The "What time is it, Where's the Sun?" international sky education program, with our collaborating school in Japan, may be restarted shortly.  Your school is welcome to join us, email me for details!

Click here for details about our CLASSROOM OUTREACH and OBSERVATORY VISIT programs.
To schedule outreach/visits and if you have questions, please go to the
contact link.
Quick info:
OUTREACH: Rick Kang at epoguy@gmail.com or 541-683-1381, Eugene. 
VISITING PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY: Mark Dunaway at markpmo@oregon.uoregon.edu, 541-382-8331, Bend. 
We are looking forward to hearing from you.

The Friends of Pine Mountain citizens' support group was established in 1978 as default curators of the Observatory pending hiring of a new Director to succeed the late Professor James Kemp.  Since 1990, with the advent of UO Professor of Physics Greg Bothun's Electronic Universe concept, some members of the group have provided outstanding classroom and on-site Observatory outreach, plus staff development activities about astronomy and astrophysics to schools throughout Oregon and beyond. Several members continue as TourGuides at the Observatory during summertime.
We reach about 100 schools and visit over 200 classrooms each school year.   We'd be delighted to visit YOUR school or to have your school tour the Observatory! 
The formal Friends organization has "sunsetted" in 2009 as our primary mission has been fulfilled. 
A new group who have expertise in digital imaging, has formed with
the mission of organizing high school and college students each summer at PMO
to do small scale authentic research projects that result in publishing of actual
scientific papers.  Contact Rick, epoguy@gmail.com,  if you're interested in joining as a student or a teacher this summer.  Professor Rick Watkins at Willamette U is now leading this project, rwatkins@willamette.edu.

 
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