UCI Observatory

The UCI Observatory is managed by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Located in the fields on the southeastern side of the campus, the UCI Observatory hosts a large computer-controlled telescope and numerous other smaller portable, telescopes. The UCI Observatory is used for educational purposes including classroom learning and experiments, and serves as a great venue for group and community affairs including K-12 school field-trips, scout troop gatherings, and the popular Visitor Nights.


High school students Samantha Hurtado and Ivan Lomeli are spending their summer at UC Irvine researching open star clusters. “By finding the distance, age and chemical...
On a barren hill overlooking the sweeping Irvine landscape, the UC Irvine Observatory sits isolated from city lights, its telescopes and visitors' eyes trained on the...

Friends of the UCI Observatory

A Friends of the UCI Observatory membership offers individuals interested in astronomy and physics the opportunity to become more involved with the Observatory and UCI’s astrophysicists. With the financial support provided by the Friends of the UCI Observatory, we will be able to continue and expand Observatory's events and actvities for the general public.

  • Star Patron - $50 - $100
  • Supernova Patron - $500
  • Galaxy Patron - $1,000
  • Big Bang Patron - $5,000


Jan 01
As of July, 2014, the UCI Observatory is closed for construction. We are building a new Observatory that will be located inside a 1.5 acre park in a newly-built housing...