OBSERVATORY STATUS: The observatory is now closed. Try back next week when we may have clear skies and demos to try!
Updated: 10:00pm 11-30-16
We are open to the public Wednesday nights when the weather is clear. Our opening times vary throughout the year due to changing times of sunset, check the calendar at the bottom of the page for current opening times. Call 58-SPACE (587-7223) after 7:00pm on Wednesdays to verify opening status, we are unavailable at this phone number outside of this time frame. Any questions should be directed to our email firstname.lastname@example.org and not the phone number. Be sure to refresh the page for the most updated information as it is updated often.
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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. We may also offer lectures, demos, and special events before star parties begin.
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, astrophotography, or for school/science fair 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, bring them to us and we may be able to help. Also, 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.
Come check out our new meteorite display!! We'll have it out for viewing during our normal star party times on Wednesdays.
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.
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.