OBSERVATORY STATUS: The observatory is now closed. Check back next week for the next star party!
Updated: 10:40pm 7-1-15
Call 58-SPACE (587-7223) after 8:00pm Wednesdays to verify status. Any questions outside observatory opening times should be directed to our email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 web page 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.
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.
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. After a few hours of training, you'll be able to use the telescopes and cameras at your leisure at SPO (with assistance).
Stop by the Utah Museum of Natural History Museum of Utah on their free days. The Phun With Physics program being held will show you some great physics demonstrations.
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.