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.

2018 Astro Night Schedule

Below is the current Astro Night schedule; more dates to be added; abstracts are linked in the talk titles.
The Astro Night spring 2017 archive can be found HERE.  If you have any questions please contact Hannah Klion.

April 5th Talk: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stargazing: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Howard Isaacson (UCB) - "Exoplanets, Habitability, and the Search for Earth-like Planets"
May 3rd Talk: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Stargazing: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Alex Filippenko (UCB) - "Einstein Triumphs: The Magnificent Detection of Gravitational Waves”
June 7th Talk: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stargazing: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Nectaria Gizani (UCB) - "Awake and Sleeping Supermassive Black Holes"

July 5th

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

Philipp Moesta (UCB) - "The Most Powerful Explosions in 3D"

August 2nd

Film Screening:  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Q&A with Film Director and Pulsar Expert:   8:30 - 9:00 pm
Stargazing:  9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

sarah jm kolberg (UB Dept. of Art) & Scott Ransom (NRAO) - “little green men” Film Screening and Q&A

September 6th

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

Lea Hirsch (UCB) - "Fantastic Worlds and How to Find Them"

October 4th

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

Stephen Ro (UCB) - "Space Banshees (Hallowe'en Edition)"
November 1st

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

Dan Werthimer (UCB) - "Is Anybody Out There? The Search for ET with Help from Five Million SETI@home Volunteers"
    Astro Night's 2018 season ends after November. Join the mailing list to receive notification of Spring 2019 dates!