Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing & Lecture

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

Listen to a lecture entitled "Exploring the Galaxy’s 25 Billion Planets” by Dr. Paul Robertson and learn how astronomers discover and investigate planets that orbit stars other than our Sun from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Physical Science Lecture Hall (Building #411 on the campus map).

Afterwards, use our telescopes, which will be set up in the courtyard in front of the Multi-Purpose Science and Technology Building (Building #415 on the campus map) to get a close up view of the Moon, Mars and the Orion Nebula. From 6:30 to 10:30 pm, the moon slides into the Earth’s shadow and dramatically turns blood red. Learn how to use a night sky map and ask questions of our astronomers.

This event is free of charge and open to everyone. Visitors should park in Parking Lot 16 which charges $2/hr or $14 maximum. A parking lot attendant will be on site at the entrance to Lot 16 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm to sell you a parking pass or you can buy a pass from the dispenser at the entrance to the lot if you arrive afterward.

Food trucks will be set up in Lot 12A so you can grab a bite to eat. Falasophy, which features delicious modern Lebanese street food, and Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels, which features delicious Argentinian food, will be there. Each truck will donate 10% of what you spend back to the Astronomy Outreach Program so we can continue these public nights and fund our bringing hand-on astronomy activities and telescopes to K-12 schools.

This event is hosted by the Astronomy Outreach Program, which is dedicated educating school children and the general public and is directed by Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane. Funding is provided by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, as well as donors like you. Support us by donating on-line at and designating your gift to Physical Sciences/UCI Observatory.

If it is cloudy, the viewing may be cancelled, but the lecture will go on. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to 

RSVPs are not necessary, but are highly suggested because they greatly help us to be prepared for the number of visitors who expect to come. So please RSVP below:

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