- The Fall 2018 schedule of our public events — “Knights Under The Stars” — is given below. Note that these events are the only times that are we are open to the public.
- 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 event scheduled for Wednesday September 19 is cancelled due to high threat of rain and clouds. Sorry!
- Our next event is scheduled for Wednesday October 17. That day, check out the news here or on Facebook or Twitter 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||Fri Aug 24*
||8:30 – 10:30 pm EDT
||7:55 pm EDT
||8:19 pm EDT
|2||Thu Sep 13
||8:30 – 10:00 pm EDT
||7:33 pm EDT
||7:56 pm EDT
|3||Wed Sep 19||8:30 – 10:00 pm EDT
||7:25 pm EDT
||7:48 pm EDT
|4||Wed Oct 17||8:00 – 9:30 pm EDT||6:52 pm EDT
||7:16 pm EDT
|5||Sat Oct 20**
||6:30 – 9:30 pm EDT||6:51 pm EDT
||7:13 pm EDT
|6||Thu Nov 15
||6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
||5:32 pm EST
||5:56 pm EST
* — Note that this event happens at Memory Mall, not at the observatory itself, and is our “Knights Under the Stars Viewing Mars” event.
** — Note that this event is part of International Observe the Moon Night and is being held at the Reflecting Pond by Millican Hall.
What happens at a “Knights Under The Stars” event?
- 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.
- 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.