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UNF Astronomy Nights

The Physics Department and Astronomy Club hosts public observing nights with our telescopes.

The public is invited to the Physics department to learn about the wonders of the night sky and view them through our telescopes. Events start in the Building 50 lobby. A guest speaker gives a short public talk starting at 8 PM. Following the talk there is public observing on the roof accessible via the elevator. Observation takes place on the roof, so dress comfortably and for the outdoors. You are encouraged to ask questions of professors and students throughout the night.

Telescope viewings can only take place if cloud cover permits, but the public talk will be held regardless of weather. If you arrive after 8:30pm please take the elevator to the 4th floor. No reservations are needed for this event.

Astronomy nights in Fall 2019 are held on the first Friday night of each month.

Fall 2019 Events

Friday, September 13 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: Zach Roberts, "Uncovering Jupiter's Secrets")

Friday, October 4 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: Andre Sierra Alderete, "Escaping from a Black Hole")

Friday, November 1 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: TBD, "Transit of Mercury")

Friday, December 6 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: TBD, "The Sky in 2020")

Spring 2019 Events

Friday, January 11 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: Joshua Williams, "Standard Candles")

Friday, February 1 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: Kenya Gordon, "Agriculture in Space")

Friday, March 1 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: Dr. Mike Reynolds, on the Apollo program)

Friday, April 12 - Astronomy Night (Speaker: Lee Giat)

Fall 2018 Events

Friday, August 24 - Stellar Parallax (Speaker: Rico B.D.)

Friday, September 14 - The History of Astronomy, Part I. (Speaker: Amarilys S.)

Friday, October 5 - Quasars and Blazars (Speaker: Amelia B.)

Saturday, October 20 - International Observe the Moon Night (Speaker: Sam Turley, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador)

Friday, November 2 - OSIRIS-REx (Speaker: Jenn Ruliffson, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador)

Friday, November 30 - Cosmonaut Training, a First Person Account (Speaker: Lee Giat)


Events begin in the main lobby of the Sciences & Engineering building (50). Observing takes place on the roof, which is accessible by the elevator from the main entrance. Parking is available in the Arena garage near the Science & Engineering building (or the Fine Arts garage, if there Arena garage is full; see "Parking" labels on the map at the bottom of this page). Parking permits are only required on Friday before 5 p.m. You are welcome to park in faculty and blue lot spaces after hours, unless there is a special event and parking changes are posted. Discover more details about parking on campus.


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map of where astronomy night is


For questions about the event, please contact Prof. John Hewitt at