Saturday, June 21, 2014

This will be our *VERY LAST* Visitor Night at our current location! 

In August, we will demolish the current observatory and build a new larger one inside a 1.5 acre park located very close to our current site.  We hope to have  the new observatory up and running after about a year.  So please come and celebrate this historic final night with us.

Use our telescopes to catch a glimpse of Mars, Saturn and its moons, the planetary nebula known as the Ring Nebula or M57, and star clusters like the amazing globular cluster M13 which contains approximately half a billion stars. 

Learn how to use a night sky map to locate your favorite stars and constellations in the Summer sky. Enjoy to a short lecture by Professor Kevork Abazajian entitled "The Dark Universe", and learn about the nature of mysterious of dark matter that binds our Galaxy, as well as all other galaxies, together and produces the network that is thelarge scale structure of our Universe. Also learn about another dark component, "dark energy", which is making the universe expand at an ever increasing rate and whose discovery led to the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics.

Visitor Nights are open to the Friends of the UCI Observatory and to the general public. We gratefully thank the Friends of the UCI Observatory for financial support that helps us provide Visitor Nights for the public and will help us continue providing science outreach and education at our new Observatory.

Please consider becoming a Friend of the UCI Observatory at:


Visitor Nights are free of charge, although we suggest a $5 donation per family to defray the costs, and parking on campus costs $2/hr or a maximum of $14.  Visitor Nights are open to the public so feel free to forward this message along to friends and neighbors who might be interested. These nights are fun for the entire family - children, teens, parents and grandparents.

Although no reservations are required, we would greatly appreciate your RSVP on-line  to assist our planning and logistics at:


For more information about Visitor Night, see our Frequently Asked Questions page at:


Please remember to dress warmly because it can be cold and bring along flashlights to safely see your way down the observatory's gravel road. 

For more information on Visitor Nights, to obtain a poster, get driving and parking directions, or see our FAQ page, please go to our website at:


If you want to be added ordeleted from our email list to which we sent notices of future Visitor Nights, please send an email to:


Please include the following in the Subject line: "Subscribe" or "Unsubscribe", respectively. 

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Observatory!

Tammy Smecker-Hane, Associate Professor
University of California, Irvine
Department of Physics & Astronomy
4129 Reines Hall Irvine, CA 92697-4575
Phone: 949 824-7773
Fax: 949 824-2174


This will be our *VERY LAST* Visitor Night at our current location!

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