Physics and Astronomy
In this unorthodox journey through the austere landscapes of theoretical physics we encounter abstractions that are as exciting as any great work of poetry. Poetry and physics are ways of experimenting with the truth, admittedly by different methods, both guided and sustained by a strong belief in the power of abstract form, and driven by a sense of urgency of the matter at hand. Yet the greatest creativity arises when working within practical and formal constraints without being oppressed by them, and in physics this has led to the most astonishing imagery.
Come and see the Geminid Meteor Shower, see Jupiter, star clusters and nebulae with our telescopes, learn to locate your favorite constellation, tour the Observatory dome and see a slide show about the small bodies of our own Solar System.
Come to the UCI Observatory and use our telescopes to explore crates on the Moon and see Jupiter, the globular cluster M15 and other star clusters. Learn how to use a night sky map to locate your favorite constellations. Listen to a lecture entitled "Large-Scale Surveys of the Universe: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Beyond" by Dr. Kevork Abazajian. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey was the largest optical survey of galaxies in our universe and it found 3-dimensional positions of approximately one million galaxies.