“Knights Under the Stars” Public Event Schedule

Thanks to all those who came to our events during Spring 2022!  We don’t have any events over the summer but we’re looking forward to seeing you again in the Fall 2022 semester.

We encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination and booster as soon as possible and to wear a mask at our 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. The linked reservation forms will become active 1 week before the event.

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

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

Overcast: canceled.

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
Overcast: canceled.
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 Mon. Apr. 11th 8:30 – 9:15 pm EDT
9:15 – 10:00 pm EDT
Robinson Observatory 7:50 PM EDT 8:14 PM EDT
7 Thurs. Apr. 14th 8:30 – 9:15 pm EDT

9:15 – 10:00 pm EDT

Overcast: canceled.

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 all ages of UCF and non-UCF people alike. However, minors must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or chaperone!
  • As you turn on to Ara Drive and approach the observatory, if an event has already begun, we ask that you please slow down to 5 mph and turn off your headlights. Headlights  temporarily impair our guest’s night vision.
  • Parking at the observatory is limited. There are a couple of small parking lots within a 500 feet of Robinson Observatory. UCF Parking permits or virtual daily parking permits  are required. You can purchase a virtual daily permit here.
  • We strongly recommend that visitors review our safety guidelines before coming to the observatory.
  • If you have any questions about KUTS, feel free to email us at email to planets@ucf.edu.