“Knights Under the Stars” Public Event Schedule

What’s up with KUTS during the Fall 2020 semester?

  • Due to the covid pandemic, Fall 2020 KUTS events will be virtual, not in-person.
  • We are working to create content that will provide a virtual view of the night-sky. As we create events, we will post info about it here.
  • We’ll also post on our Facebook and Twitter social media!
  • Our first virtual event of the semester is tentatively scheduled for Saturday September 26.

 

No. Date Event Time Location Sunset End of Civil Twilight Link to Stream
1 Sat Sep 26
8:00 – 9:00 pm EDT
Virtual 7:16 pm EDT
7:40 pm EDT
here or here
2 TBD
TBD
Virtual TBD
TBD
TBD

General info about KUTS and Robinson Observatory: 

  • Note that any times/dates that we do list would be the only times that are we are open to the public.
  • If you have any questions about KUTS, send email to planets@ucf.edu. However please do not telephone the Physics Department for info about KUTS! The only way to get info about KUTS is to send email to planets@ucf.edu.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of this page to learn more about what happens at our KUTS events (at least as they were when they were in-person).
  • Directions to the observatory are available on our directions page (for in the days when we had visitors come to the observatory!).
  • We strongly recommend that visitors review our safety guidelines before coming to the observatory (for in the days when we had visitors come to the observatory!).
  • Wondering why we don’t set up events to watch meteor showers? Have another question about the observatory? Check our FAQ.
  • Interested in making a donation to the observatory? It’s easy.

What happens at an in-person “Knights Under The Stars” event?

  • All events are at Robinson Observatory itself unless otherwise noted.
  • At a typical event, we set up a variety of portable telescopes — usually Meade LX90s with 8-inch primary mirrors — and point them at various interesting objects in the sky. Each telescope is staffed by a knowledgeable volunteer who can explain to you what you’re seeing, and answer any other questions you have. All you have to do is show up and gaze in amazement through the telescopes at the wonders of the night sky!
  • The events are free and are open to UCF and non-UCF people alike. However, minors must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or chaperone!
  • Parking at the observatory itself for the purpose of visiting the observatory is free — but space is limited, so please carpool if you can. You can of course park elsewhere on campus and walk to us, but you’ll need to have a parking permit already or to have purchased a daily parking permit from a permit dispensing machine.
  • Parking for any of our events that happen somewhere else aside from the observatory (e.g., on Memory Mall, by Millican Hall, etc.) is not free, and you should be sure that you have a parking permit.
  • All ages are welcome. However, minors must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or chaperone!
  • No reservations/registrations are required (though if you’re bringing a big group, let us know). There is no need to come for the entire time; just show up whenever you like. There is no set program; the events are very informal and casual. Just please follow our Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to be sure that the weather will let us be open; it’d be sad if you came for a visit when we had to cancel!
  • Again, we strongly recommend that visitors review our safety guidelines before coming to the observatory.
  • If you have any questions about KUTS, send email to planets@ucf.edu.