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.

2020 Astro Night Schedule

Below is the current tentative 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 Steven Giacalone.


Lecture and Stargazing Times

Lecture Topic

April 2, 2020


May 7, 2020


June 4, 2020


July 2, 2020

Talk: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom:

No stargazing

“Exploding Stars: A Cosmic Game” by Kishore Patra

August 6, 2020

Talk: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT  via Zoom:

No stargazing

“Hypervelocity Messengers and the Origin of Cosmic Explosions” by Ken Shen

September 3, 2020

Talk: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT  Youtube live stream link:

No stargazing


“Comets: A Tail of Citizen Science and Research Astronomy” by Yilun Ma and Shishir Dholakia

October 1, 2020

Talk: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT 

Youtube live stream link:   No stargazing

“Satellite Galaxies in the Local Group” by Ekta Patel

November 5, 2020

Talk: TBD