“Knights Under the Stars” Public Event Schedule

Thanks to all those who came to our events during Fall 2021!  The Spring 2022 schedule is below.

We encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination and booster as soon as possible and to wear a mask at our events!

Due to COVID-19, Robinson Observatory is limiting capacity for some events. Please reserve your space (weather permitting) by clicking the time slot you wish to attend in the table below, and completing the form.

Note that registering via our form is the ONLY way to register for our events. We aren’t taking emailed reservations. If the link below is not active, then that means we are not taking reservations yet.

No. Date Event Time/Registration Location Sunset End of Civil Twilight
1 Tues. Jan. 18th 6:30 – 7:15 pm EST

7:15 – 8:30 pm EST

This event has already passed.

Robinson Observatory  5:53 PM EST
 6:18 PM EST
2 Wed. Feb. 9th 7:00 – 7:45 pm EST

7:45 – 8:30 pm EST

Robinson Observatory 6:11 PM EST 6:35 PM EST
3 Tues. Feb 15th 7:00 – 7:45 pm EST

7:45 – 8:30 pm EST

Robinson Observatory 6:15 PM EST 6:40 PM EST
4 Mon. Mar. 14th 8:00 – 8:45 pm EDT
8:45 – 9:30 pm EDT
Robinson Observatory 7:33 PM EDT 7:57 PM EDT
5 Wed. Apr. 6th 8:00 – 8:45 pm EDT
8:45 – 9:30 pm EDT
Robinson Observatory 7:46 PM EDT 8:10 PM EDT
6 Thurs. Apr. 14th 8:00 – 8:45 pm EDT
8:45 – 9:30 pm EDT
Robinson Observatory 7:50 PM EDT 8:14 PM EDT

Coming for AST 2002 Extra-Credit?

  • Make sure to pick up a worksheet and complete it at the event.
  • Turn in your worksheet before you leave. We’ll make sure it gets to your professor.

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.