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.

2019 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 2018 archive can be found HERE.  If you have any questions please contact Hannah Klion.

DATE

LECTURE AND STARGAZING TIMES

LECTURE

April 4th

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

Fatima Abdurrahman (UCB) – “Demystifying Black Holes”

May 2nd

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

Ben Margalit (UCB) – “Who Ordered This? A Tale of Cold War Satellites, Microwave Ovens, and Little Green Men in the Story of Discovering the Unexpected”

June 6th

Talk: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stargazing: 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sean Ressler (UCB) –  “How To Draw A Fuzzy Doughnut:  A Portrait of The Largest Black Hole In The Milky Way”

July 11th

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

Dan Kasen (UCB) – “Explosions in the Sky”

August 1st

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

Josh Dillon – “Making the Largest-Ever 3D Maps of our Universe”

September 5th

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

Wren Suess (UCB) – “Galaxies Across Cosmic Time”

October 3rd

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

November 7th

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

Astro Night’s 2019 season ends after November. Join the mailing list to receive notification of Spring 2020 dates!