The Moore Observatory is located on the Pasco campus. Our main telescope is a 16-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly on a Paramount ME German equatorial mount. The telescope is housed in a six-meter Ash Dome on top of a 25-foot by 40-foot observatory building.
CBC lies at 46 degrees 15' 8.4" latitude and west longitude at 119 degrees 07' 36.5", at an altitude of 407 feet. Our climate is dry and warm in the summer, dry and temperate in the spring and fall, and mostly dry but often foggy in the winter months. We have endless nights of clear skies.
The observatory was developed through the generous donation of the late Robert (Bob) Moore and his late wife, Elisabeth.
Our main focus is the use of the observatory as a teaching aid for our astronomy curriculum. We allow use of the observatory for elementary, middle, and high school programs, as well as for student and other clubs interested in astronomy.
For information about the Astronomy program at CBC, visit our Astronomy page.
The Bechtel National Planetarium is now open at CBC. For more information, visit our Planetarium page.
Tri-City Astronomy Club
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Moore Observatory will be open for a special event on September 27th (Sunday evening) from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The event is a lunar eclipse which will begin as the moon rises and sun sets that evening. It is also what has popularly become known as a “super moon”. Which means the moon is at its closest point to the earth in its orbit, so it will appear 20% brighter and about 15% bigger than a regular full moon.
The observatory is open to the general public on Friday nights depending on the weather, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. If it is cloudy, raining, extremely hot, or there is extreme winds then the Observatory will not open that night.
Private events can be held at the observatory by appointment. See contact information below to schedule an appointment.
And by the way... Keep looking up, the stars are there for you.
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