RSVP to Visitor Night: "Galaxies and Their Environments: Exploring the Nature verses Nurture Debate from a Cosmic Perspective"

Please join us November 9th for "Galaxies and Their Environments: Exploring the Nature verses Nurture Debate from a Cosmic Perspective," presented by Professor Michael Cooper. Recent observations have revealed that galaxies, much like humans, evolve from their visibly-distinct teen years towards adulthood, following an array of evolutionary paths. It remains unknown, however, whether the evolution of a galaxy is primarily dictated by intrinsic properties such as its mass versus the influence of environmental factors. In this talk, Professor Cooper will discuss the range of environments in which galaxies reside, while addressing the relative contribution of "nature" and "nurture" to the global evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way.

Visitor Nights are open to the Friends of the UCI Observatory and to the public. We thank the Friends of the UCI Observatory for the financial support which enables the UCI Observatory to provide Visitor Nights and activities to the community. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend of the UCI Observatory click here or you may make a donation on line via our secure e-giving website at or by mail UCI Observatory Pledge Form.

Parking is available on campus for $2/hr or $10 per day. Although reservations are not required, we would appreciate RSVP's for purposes of planning and logistics.  

Please remember to dress warmly and bring flash lights.  We heartily encourage amateur astronomers to bring their own telescopes to share with our visitors. For additional information about Visitor Nights, please click here. Parking and directions may be found here.


* Please note, there will not be shuttle bus service this night, and visitors can park along the Observatory's gravel road. Porter potties will not be available at this event.