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Super Blue Blood Moon of Jan 31, 2018

Here's a great shot of the Super Blue Blood Moon during the total lunar eclipse seen from UCI on Jan 31, 2018, taken by Professor Aaron Barth. Read the following article in the LA Times to learn more and hear from Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane about why its a 3-time rare occurance. Also, see this video clip for more information from Annenberg TV News.

Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug 21

Residents of the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug 21, 2017. From Irvine, the eclipse begins a little after 9:00am and lasts until just before 12:00 noon, and during the eclipse, the Moon will shadow the Sun and, at maximum, occult about 60% of the face of the Sun. If you happen to be up north in a narrow slide of Oregon, you'll see a total solar eclipse. The Astronomy Outreach Team will be up at the UC Yosemite Field Station, hosting a public viewing of eclipse where they'll see 75% coverage.

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.

A Universe of Possibilities

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 composition, you can begin to figure out how the Milky Way galaxy was formed and how it’s going to evolve,” Lomeli said.

Where are Irvine's Hidden Gems?

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 stars.

The Push for Future Space

Tammy Smecker-Hane, director of the UC Irvine Observatory and associate professor of astronomy, is leading the charge to build a new planetarium and observatory on about an acre nearby the university's present domed observatory.

Bullock: It Took Us 100,000 Years to Grasp the Universe

The next time you are outside on a clear, moonless night, take the time to look up. Now think about what you are seeing. Our planet has spun to block out the sun, revealing a vista of the nearby planets, more distant stars, and a milky white band that is the edge of our galaxy.

Enjoy this perspective. It took our species about 100,000 years to put it together.

Urban Stargazing

One of college student Jessica Walker’s favorite childhood memories is when her family would get up in the middle of the night to go see an astronomical event.

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