Please join us for an informal open night at the Observatory on Friday December beginning at 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. More details and a map to the observatory available here
Please note: Unfortunately we do not have any eclipse glasses available at this time. To make sure your eclipse glasses are safe (carry the ISO 12312-2 safety certification) please make sure to read the guidelines here. Eye protection must be used at ALL times during the partial solar eclipse in Charlotte, NC.
If you do not have eclipse glasses, you can still observe the eclipse indirectly – check this link for how-tos: https://www.sciencefriday.com/educational-resources/five-ways-to-view-the-solar-eclipse/
More great ideas for how to share the eclipse safely with kids: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2017/sharing-an-eclipse-with-kids.html
The Observatory will not be holding a public event during Monday’s eclipse, but here’s our latest on what you need to know to get the most out of this spectacular celestial event in the Carolinas!
We’re pleased to announce our next public observing night on March 3, 7 – 9 p.m. We are partnering with Caroline Calouche & Co who will be promoting their show “Star Gazer: A Trek into Outer Space” premiering in April.
Details and registration here
We are very happy to announce a free public lecture on exciting new findings about the nature of our own galaxy, by renowned astrophysicist Heidi Jo Newberg, co-winner of the Gruber Prize in Cosmology and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
The lecture is entitled “The Marvelous Milky Way“. Check out the full description.
The lecture will take place at 7PM on Friday April 8, and will be held in EPIC G256 (see campus map).
The 4th annual UNC Charlotte Statewide Star Party (part of North Carolina’s annual Statewide Star Party) will be held at the campus observatory on Friday April 8, 8:30 – 10:00 PM
For more information please click here
After being weathered out on our first attempt, the clouds cleared for our annual Statewide Star Party on Friday April 11, 2014. The Star Party is sponsored by the North Carolina Science Festival and was part of over 2 weeks of NCSF events at UNC Charlotte. We had a great time star-gazing through 6 telescopes at the Moon, Jupiter, the Orion nebula, the Pleiades cluster and Mars! We also had some fun demos – moon craters, making a comet, an infrared camera, and a meteorite display. Plus NASA swag and giveaways! Thanks to the North Carolina Science Festival, the NC space grant and our friends at Cosmoquest.
Check out some photos of the event below! (Photography by Aaron Cress)