Astro Night

Astro Night is a free stargazing and lecture event open to the public. Held on the first Thursday of the month (during select months, as weather permits), members of the public are invited to take part in guided stargazings using our fleet of telescopes, including our 17-inch telescope located in our roof-top observatory, in addition to attending a lecture from one of our many researchers. Members of our department will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you more about the going-ons in Campbell Hall!

Attending Astro Night

Astro Night is held in Campbell Hall, located on the Hearst Mining Circle. Parking is available in the public lots around the perimeter of campus, with the closest being the garage located at Hearst and Euclid (parking on campus requires special permits); street parking around campus is also available and free after 6:00 pm.

Doors to Campbell Hall open 30 minutes in advance of each star party (times vary, please see below for full schedule) and due to our limited space attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis (there will be someone in the lobby directing attendees). The science lecture is aimed at a high-school level audience, however children are more than welcome to attend. If you plan on attending the lecture please arrive on time; you are welcome to come and go during the star-gazing portion of the evening.

*NOTE*: Stargazing is dependent on weather conditions; lectures will always occur as scheduled.

2017 Astro Night Schedule

Below is the current Astro Night schedule; more dates to be added; abstracts are linked in the talk titles. If you have any questions please contact Carina Cheng.

April 6th Talk: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stargazing: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sasha Tchekhovskoy (UCB) - "Getting the Most out of a Black Hole"
May 4th Talk: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stargazing: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chelsea Harris (UCB) - “The Science of Star Wars"
June 1st Talk: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stargazing: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Gibor Basri (UCB) - "Are Red Dwarf Planets Habitable?"

July 6th

Talk: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stargazing:  9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

K.G. Lee (UCB) - "Across the Universe: Mapping the Cosmos Beyond the Milky Way"

August 3rd

Talk:  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stargazing:  9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Eve Lee (UCB) - “The History and Science of Eclipses” 

September 7th

Talk:  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stargazing:  8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Jessica Lu (UCB) - "Hunting for Black Holes"

October 5th

Talk:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stargazing:  8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Gaspard Duchene (UCB) - "Imaging Planets Around Other Stars"
November 2nd

Talk:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stargazing:  8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Steve Croft (UCB) - “Are We Alone? Searching for Cosmic Company"
    Astro Night's 2017 season has ended. Join the mailing list to receive notification of Spring 2018 dates!