Visitor Night: Galaxies - the Building Blocks of the Universe

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Sat, 06/01/2013 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Aaron Barth
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UCI Observatory
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Please join us on June 1, 2013 to view the night sky from the UCI Observatory. Listen to a lecture entitled Galaxies: the Building Blocks of the Universe given by Professor Aaron Barth. The Sun is just one of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and there are hundreds of billions of other galaxies in the observable universe.  The shapes and content of galaxies give us valuable clues about how they formed and evolved over the last 14 billion years. Professor Barth will discuss what galaxies are made of - stars, gas, dark matter, and black holes - and what they tell us about how different types of galaxies have evolved.

Come and use our telescopes to see views of Saturn and its rings and moons, the globular  star clusters M3 and M13, and the Ring Nebula, M57. Learn to use a night sky map to locate your favorite constellations.

Visitor Nights are open to the Friends of the UCI Observatory and to the public. We thank the Friends of the UCI Observatory for the financial support which enables the UCI Observatory to provide Visitor Nights and activities to the community. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend of the UCI Observatory click here or you may make a donation on line via our secure e-giving website at or by mail UCI Observatory Pledge Form.

Parking is available on campus for $2 per hour or $8 max. Although reservations are not required, we would appreciate RSVP's for purposes of planning and logistics.  

Please remember to dress warm and bring flash lights.  We heartily encourage amateur astronomers to bring their own telescopes to share with our visitors. For additional information about Visitor Nights, please see and the FAQ page shown there. Parking and directions may be found here. A poster advertising this event can be found here.