Pine Mountain Observatory: Revealing a universe of wonders

As dusk creeps over the high desert of central Oregon on a cool September evening, a small but fiercely enthusiastic group of University of Oregon students can hardly contain their glee. Obsessed by stars, gaga over galaxies, drawn to the infinite mysteries of the universe, they are planning to stay up all night at the UO Pine Mountain Observatory.

“It’s such a cool juxtaposition between the calm of the day and the hustle and bustle of nighttime, because everyone is so excited about seeing this giant dome of stars,” says Maggie Thompson, a member of the class of 2021.

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