Starry Night 2019 is happening November 8th, 2019 at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Come hear Sarah Ballard’s talk, “Choose your own adventure: Planet Edition”!

The University of Florida Department of Astronomy will celebrate its 40 birthday on April 3-4 of 2020.  The celebration will include public talks and observing sessions and an opportunity for alumni from all classes and from all over the world to come back to share stories and experiences of what made their time at UF Astronomy unique and great.

The celebration will highlight major milestones in the department’s rise, including efforts to build world-class research, education, and outreach programs.  Participants will be able to remotely view the massive GTC telescope, visit the RHO observing site, and talk with current and former faculty members.

We encourage all interested alumni and community members to check back regularly for updates, including an option for early registration.

Happy Birthday to UF Astro!

The University of Florida Department of Astronomy hosted a collaborative meeting including representatives from universities from across the state of Florida.  With an overarching goal of promoting astronomy research, education, and outreach, the representatives discussed ways that individual faculty members and institutions as a whole could better work together to serve our students and communities.

Our Department is proud to announce that weekly Public Observing Nights will resume on Friday 8/30!  Public observing nights provide an opportunity for children and adults of all ages to view the night sky with the guidance of professional astronomers using the telescopes from UF’s Campus Teaching Observatory.  Details about public nights including directions to the facility can be found on our Public Nights webpage.   As always, public observing nights are offered on a weather-permitting basis, and so we encourage all interested parties to check the weather or by calling (352) 392-1016 after 8:00pm for a recorded message.