No, we haven't gone south!
Looking at the calendar, it’s not surprise that Mother Nature is gearing up to blast Central Oregon with a bout of winter cold and snowy weather. That doesn’t mean however that astronomy at the Oregon Observatory is on hiatus until warmer weather returns.
The Oregon Observatory is scheduled to be open the Saturday after Thanksgiving with both solar and night viewing available. We are also scheduled to be open December 23 and 30 (both Fridays) as well as the 14th of January and the 18th of February. Solar viewing should be available as well as the awesome night time viewing that happens so frequently on clear nights during the winter months. We also plan to be open on other nights on a “flex” schedule as weather and staffing allows. Those openings will be listed here on this website and on our Facebook page as well. If there are any particular celestial events of note through the winter month, we probably will have someone available here as well to share what is going on if it’s appropriate to use a telescope to see it. So be sure to join our Facebook page and watch it frequently for updates and weather reports. Of course any scheduled event relies upon the weather cooperating as well as road conditions, temperatures, and snow.
When you decide to come, remember our elevation is substantially higher than Bend and the surrounding towns and cities. So, DRESS WARMLY and appropriately. We have been here on nights when it has been well below zero and we’ve had a successful night time program. Also remember that there is likely to be snow on the ground. Our advice is to layer and be sure to wear a hat and gloves. We should have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available for purchase in the store as well.
With the holidays approaching, don’t forget that we have a fully stocked Observatory, Nature Center, and Rocketry store for all your holidays needs. There is a plethora of hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and hoodies in stock. We can order virtually anything you might need that is science, rocketry and astronomy oriented and have lots of books and other items for those cold and cloudy days and nights.
So even with the winter months upon us, we invite you to join us as we share the wonders of the night sky.