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.


Comet ISON's location in the early morning sky on Dec 3, 2014, from Irvine, CA.
Click here to Find out how to find Comet ISON in the early morning sky during December/January.   Come to the UCI Observatory Visitor Night on January 18, 2014 to see...
  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...

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


Jun 21
Join us on June, 21, officially the first day of Summer, to explore the night sky from the UCI Observatory. Listen to a lecture by Professor Kevork Abazajian entiled "...