“Knights Under the Stars” Public Event Schedule

 

  • The Spring 2018 schedule of our public events — “Knights Under The Stars” — is below.
  • Note that we have completed the set of events for the semester. The next event will be in UCF’s fall semester, either in late August or early September. The schedule will be posted here in August.
  • 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 will be scheduled for late August or early September. On the day of an event, check back here or on our Facebook or Twitter feed to see if the weather will allow us to be 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.

 

No. Date Event Time Sunset End of Civil Twilight
1 Wed Jan 31
7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
6:04 pm EST
6:28 pm EST
2 Thu Feb 22
7:00 – 8:30 pm EST 6:21 pm EST
6:44 pm EST
3 Wed Feb 28
7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
6:25 pm EST
6:47 pm EST
4 Thu Mar 22
8:30 – 10:00 pm EDT 7:38 pm EDT
8:00 pm EDT
5 Wed Mar 28
8:30 – 10:00 pm EDT 7:41 pm EDT
8:04 pm EDT
6 Thu Apr 19
8:30 – 10:00 pm EDT
7:54 pm EDT
8:17 pm EDT

 

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 planets@physics.ucf.edu.