South Physics Observatory
University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy
 

Observatory Status

OBSERVATORY STATUS: The observatory may not be open this Wed. due to weather. Check back for updates.

11/25/14

Updated: 6:30pm 11-25-14

Call 58-SPACE (587-7223) after 8:00pm Wednesdays to verify status. Any questions outside observatory opening times should be directed to our email observatory@physics.utah.edu.

Observatory and Celestial Event Calendar

The South Physics Observatory located at the University of Utah offers FREE public star parties on CLEAR Wednesday nights. These are open to all ages, interests and groups. We open at various times through the year corresponding to changing sunset times so please check the webpage for current scheduled openings. During the visit, expect to see galaxies, nebulae, stars, planets, and clusters. Feel free to ask questions about the universe, science and what you're seeing.

SPO can also offer assistance for those looking to learn to use telescopes for personal use or for school projects, if you're looking to purchase a telescope and need help with all the choices, or if you're having trouble setting yours up. The events are outdoors so please dress appropriately for weather. We also try to open during important astronomical events so be sure to listen for the next lunar eclipse or bright comet.

Stop by the Utah Museum of Natural History every 4th Wednesday of the month before you stop by SPO. The Phun With Physics program being held from 4-6pm will show you some great physics demonstrations.

New Stuff

Check out the photo of the supernova in M82 taken from SPO on 1/24/14. Image is on the pane to the right.

Click HERE for a gif movie of the eclipse from our Willard Eccles Observatory. It is a large file >15mb!

Click here for a gif movie of the eclipse from Bryce Canyon.

Newest images from WEO as of 9-19-10 are here.

Check out the videos taken from the Willard L. Eccles Observatory with the Leonid bolide streaking across Utah here.


Current Sky and Astronomy Info

NASA's SKYWATCH

This is where you can find information about when and where the International Space Station will be visible flying overhead.

Current Weather

Live Infrared Satellite Provided by Intellicast.com

Current Pacific Weather Current Pacific Weather
Current Weather

Clear Sky Chart for Salt Lake City

Sky and Telescope Magazine

Sky and Telescope online keeps you updated on new astronomy findings as well as having great observational tools for the amateur like Jupiter's and Saturn's moons positions.

 
CURRENT MOON
 


Have an astronomy related question? Click here to ask an astronomer!

Information about our Universe

Our Sun

Planets

Solar System Objects

Stars

Exo-Planets

Nebula

Star Clusters

Galaxies

The Universe and Beyond

Recent SPO Images


Lunar Eclipse 10-8-14


Planetary Nebula M97, The Owl Nebula 5-1-14


Spiral Galaxy M99 5-1-14


Galaxies NGC3169, NGC3166, & NGC3165 4-23-14


The Orion Nebula 3-24-14


Lunar Eclipse 4-15-14


Pie Day Sol in H-Alpha


Supernova in M82


M16 Eagle Nebula


M57 Ring Nebula


M20 Trifid Nebula


M27 Dumbbell Nebula


Cell phone Saturn

Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah
201 JFB • 115 south 1400 east, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830
Phone (801) 581-6901 • Fax (801) 581-4801
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