“Knights Under the Stars” Public Event Schedule

 

  • The Spring 2019 schedule of our public events — “Knights Under The Stars” — is given below. Note that times/dates listed here would be the only times that are we are open to the public.
  • Also note that the Spring 2019 event schedule is now complete. There are no public events over UCF’s summer semester, so our next event will be in the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Note that all events are at Robinson Observatory itself unless otherwise noted.
  • In the table below, green means we are open, red means closed due to weather, and purple means we haven’t decided yet.
  • Florida’s fickle weather means that we cannot be sure an event will occur until just before the scheduled time it starts! We’re sorry if that makes things logistically harder but we try to avoid situations where people needlessly come to the observatory.
  • Our next event is scheduled for September 2019, date/time TBD. On the afternoon of an event, check out the news here or on Facebook or Twitter on that late afternoon/early evening to see if the weather will actually let us open.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of this page to learn more about what happens at our KUTS events.
  • Directions to the observatory are available on our directions page.
  • We strongly recommend that visitors review our safety guidelines before coming to the observatory.
  • Wondering why we don’t set up events to watch meteor showers? Check our FAQ.

 

No. Date Event Time Sunset End of Civil Twilight
1 Sun Jan 20*
11:00 pm – 1:00 am EST


2 Thu Feb 7
7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
6:09 pm EST
6:33 pm EST
3 Thu Feb 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
6:15 pm EST
6:38 pm EST
4 Thu Feb 28 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
6:25 pm EST
6:47 pm EST
5 Wed Apr 10
8:30 – 10 pm EDT
7:48 pm EDT
8:11 pm EDT
6 Wed Apr 17
8:30 – 10 pm EDT
7:52 pm EDT
8:16 pm EDT

* Note that this event happens at Memory Mall, not at the observatory itself, and is an event to showcase that evening’s total lunar eclipse. Also note that if you are coming from off-campus and don’t already have one, you’ll have to buy a parking permit to ensure that you don’t get a parking ticket.

 

What happens at a “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 our site, for the purpose of visiting the observatory itself, 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 permit from a permit dispensing machine.
  • 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@physics.ucf.edu.