UCI Observatory

The UCI Observatory operated by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine was demolished in August, 2014, to make way for new faculty housing. It was used for educational purposes in classes and served as a great venue for K-12 school field-trips and the popular Visitor Nights at the Observatory. We are identifying a site for construction of a new Observatory, but our Astronomy Outreach program still brings portable telescopes and hands-on activities to students. Email Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane for more info.


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