Welcome to the John J. McCarthy Observatory
The Galactic Observer
The McCarthy Observatory publishes a monthly newsletter called The Galactic Observer. The newsletter includes interesting space-related news, feature stories, current events at JJMO, and a calendar of both upcoming and historical space milestones.
Second Saturday Stars & Special Events
Join us for our free and open to the public star party on the Second Saturday of every month! Each month a new presentation is given on an astronomy related topic. If weather permits, a variety of telescopes are available for public viewing of seasonal celestial objects. The observatory may also host special viewing events when possible for rare or interesting astronomical phenomena such as eclipses and transits.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Second Saturday Stars has shifted to a live virtual/online format. Join us on YouTube or Facebook Live at 7:00pm EST Saturday, November 14th for short presentations on what’s up in the night sky this month; McCarthy Observatory’s meteor tracking technology; NASA’s Sentinel 6 satellite and monitoring Earth’s oceans; and Crew1-a return of manned spaceflight to the US.
Ask questions and interact with the presenters using the chat functions of YouTube or Facebook!
Or simply view the event below!
The observatory is located on the south west side of the New Milford High School grounds, in the rear of the south parking lot next to the football field.
The All-Sky Camera is a 180 degree field of view camera mounted on the roof of the observatory. It monitors local weather/sky conditions, and captures meteors for potential analysis. Click the image above for more information.
On the Observatory Grounds
Scale Solar System Walk
Kathleen Fischer Sundial