The U of U Department of Physics and Astronomy conducts free public Star Parties every CLEAR Wednesday night on the roof of the South Physics Building at the University of Utah. Spring and fall hours begin at 8:00 pm. During winter, star parties will begin at 7:00 pm. In the summer, the observatory will be open at 9:00 pm. We will also hold Solar Parties during summer months that will be held usually on a Wednesday at a time preceding a public star party. Those days will be posted on this website’s calendar so return for updates.
We give tours and star parties for scout groups and other public groups on weekdays and Saturdays (except Wednesdays). The tours and star parties are subject to weather and availability. Questions concerning these can be directed to our email [email protected] We now have telescopes available for travelling to off-campus locations for star parties. These are considered per-request and are left to the discretion of the observatory staff.
Be sure to sign our guest log while you are enjoying the sky to be a part of the observatory’s history and to help track attendance.
The current Star Party conductors and volunteer are Paul Ricketts, Cierra Blair, and Thad Roberts. If you have any questions about star parties please contact them at [email protected] If you would like to be included in Paul’s astronomy newsletter, use the same email as above with your name and the email you wish to receive it at.
For more information on The University of Utah Astronomy Club and to become a member, please email [email protected] If you would like to join, please send your name, email address, major and year (for students), and if you would like, your telephone number. Meeting times will be placed on the calendar. A separate web page is up at UUAC for the club.
Weekly Public Planetarium Shows planetarium shows given by the BYU Astronomical Society are held most Friday nights.
The shows start promptly at 7 and 8 PM. There is no late admittance. Because it gets very dark in the planetarium the shows may not be appropriate for some young children. Please keep in mind that it is difficult to leave once the show has begun.
After the shows, the observation deck on the roof will be open, weather permitting, with telescopes setup for the public to look through.
The Planetarium is located in room N465 on the 4th floor of the Eyring Science Center on BYU Campus in Provo, Utah.
Royden G. Derrick Planetarium
Eyring Science Center, BYU
Campus Dr, Provo, UT 84606 (801) 422-5396
Visit new frontiers with NASA BLAST (Bringing Light and SpaceTogether) at Thanksgiving Point. Meet the Andersons, just your average family learning and playing together, but with their eyes to the sky. Amateur astronomers and avid experimenters, the Andersons are bringing their backyard and fun to Thanksgiving Point to present NASA BLAST and share the science and majesty of space.
Located at the MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE>
Did you know that distance in space is measured by how long it takes
light to travel there? The distance between the Earth and sun varies, so
that means that the light we have here on Earth is about 8 minutes old by
the time we see it. Learn facts like this and more in the Andersons’
backyard in the Museum of Ancient Life. Open their barbecue grills and
peek in their shed to find fascinating hands-on experiments on loan from
the world-famous eXploratorium in San Francisco. Dance with your very
own shadow in a rainbow of colors. Learn what makes the sky blue. Trap
light between panes of glass and watch what happens. You’ll have so much
fun you won’t even realize you’re learning all about the world and beyond.
Located at FARM COUNTRY>
Seeds that have been in space? Tiny tomatoes? The Andersons have it all
in their Space Garden at Farm Country. The Junior Master Gardeners are
planting space plants and creating lunar plant growth chambers as they
learn about the future of NASA and food in space.
Solar System Walk
Located at the THANKSGIVING POINT GARDENS>
Ever wondered how far away Earth is from Venus? How about which
planets are the closest together? The Andersons wondered too, and they
built this walk through the solar system in Thanksgiving Point Gardens
to show you. Learn the vast nature of the solar system and the size of and
distance between planets all in the beautiful serenity of the gardens. You’ll
walk the gardens as if you were in the solar system exploring the science
beyond planet earth.
A museum sleep over, Dinosnorzzz gives you the chance to sleep under the belly of your favorite dinosaur, tour exhibits, participate in a series of paleontology classes, enjoy snacks, breakfast, and a Mammoth Screen movie viewing.
$39/child, advance ($45 week-of-event)
$29/adult, advance ($35 week-of-event)