The Maynard F. Jordan Observatory is one of the
oldest buildings on the University of Maine campus; it was originally
built in 1900, when the University of Maine was only known as
the Maine State College. Visit the Observatory
History page to learn more about
the history of this unique and important part of the UMaine campus,
or take the Observatory Tour
and see what the Maynard F. Jordan Observatory offers
Click on the telescope to tour the Observatory
The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory both encourage
all people to learn more about the heavens. To help back-yard
astronomers, the Jordan Planetarium has developed a series of
audio files, free for download, which will guide the listener
through viewing the more popular stars, planets, and constellations
in the night time sky. Simply download the file onto your MP3
player, and you will be ready to star gaze when ever and where
ever you want.
Backyard astronomers should come armed with a filtered flashlight;
red light is easier on the eyes and doesn't disrupt observing.
Click here to print a filter for your
The Jordan Observatory offers several useful tools
and links for astronomers. They include links to SEDS: Students
for the Exploration and Development of Space, The Hubble Space
Telescope Science Institute Digitized Sky Survey, the U.S. Naval
Observatory and the "Sky and Telescope" magazine website,
along with other sky watching resources. Monthly sky charts
can be found here and are available for you to download. Skymaps
has very detailed sky charts with planet finding information
and calendar of events.
Proper lighting is absolutely necessary for any astronomical
viewing. The University of Maine makes use of outdoor lighting
for the safety of night time pedestrians; but these lights can
make observing difficult or outright impossible. Read more about
lighting issues and how to get the lighting just right for your
own viewing .
Looking to buy a telescope of your own? Be sure
to read through these recommendations and tips first
Current Weather updates are always crucial to outdoor
night sky viewing. On the weather page you will find the most
recent Orono, Maine observing conditions along with satellite
imaging and a clear sky clock.