Friends of the UCI Observatory

The Friends of the UCI Observatory annual giving program offers individuals interested in astronomy and physics the opportunity to become more involved with the UCI Observatory and engage with UC Irvine’s leading experts in astrophysics. With the financial support provided by the Friends of the UCI Observatory, the Department of Physics & Astronomy can continue offering public events and educational activities to the community.

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TV Takes a Cosmic Trip With UCI Scientist

Stand on a shoreline three billion years in Earth’s future, and the view is heart-stopping: the sky is swallowed up by the enormous Andromeda galaxy, closing in for its collision with our own Milky Way.

That’s one of the stops on a journey of cosmic proportions with James Bullock, a UC Irvine physics and astronomy professor and co-host of “Inside the Milky Way” on the National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Eclipse Puts on a Show Over O.C.

The moon rolled in front of the solar disk Sunday evening, turning the sun into a thin crescent as it sank in the west.

The partial, or “annular,” eclipse peaked about 6:30 p.m., well before sunset.

Orange County took the full measure of the eclipse, from the beach as well as inland. Some gathered at the UC Irvine Observatory from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In the old days, astronomers used eclipses to learn secrets of the solar system. But not so much today.

Transit of Venus Viewed by Hundreds at UCI Observatory

At L.A.'s Griffith Observatory, at the UC Irvine Observatory and across the Southland, gawkers gathered Tuesday afternoon to witness Venus move like a small black dot across the face of the sun.

Several hundred turned out at UC Irvine, peering though telescopes with solar filters to see something they’ll never see again.

Many bought special “eclipse” glasses from the UCI Observatory for $2 to watch as Venus traveled across the face of the Sun.

The UCI Observatory also projected the image of the sun on several large yellow poster boards for safe viewing.


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