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 https://give.uci.edu 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 https://www.physics.uci.edu/news.
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: