Astronomy Program
Department of Physics & Astronomy

UA 16-inch telescope

Public Nights at Gallalee Hall & Moundville

  • Wednesday, September 23  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  7-10pm  —  Gibbous Moon, Saturn (Prof. Jeremy Bailin)

  • Sunday, September 27
  •  —  7:30-11:30 pm  —  Total lunar eclipse (last of a quartet) (Profs. Ron Buta, Bill Keel, Preethi Nair)
    Please check sky conditions before planning your trip.
    Prof. Bill Keel may post updates on twitter here

  • Friday, October 16  -  Moundville
  •  —  7-10 pm  —  Nebulae, galaxies,star clusters (Profs. Ron Buta, Bill Keel)

  • Wednesday, October 21  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  7:15 pm  —  Public talk:
    Neutron Star Kicks (Prof. Matthias Kaminski), room 227
     —  8:00 pm  —  Viewing: First-quarter Moon, Uranus (Prof. Jimmy Irwin)

  • Friday, November 13  -  Moundville
  •  —  7-10 pm  —  Nebulae, galaxies,star clusters (Profs. Ron Buta, Bill Keel)

  • Friday, December 4  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  7-10 pm  —  Jupiter, the Moon (Prof. Dean Townsley)

    UA Astronomy Group's 16" Telescope

    More Info about Public Nights:

      The Astronomy Group within the Department of Physics and Astronomy holds monthly Public Nights. All are welcome to come view the sky through our facilities, on campus and off. Most sessions use the 16-inch research-grade reflector (installed in January 2005) in the dome on top of Gallalee Hall, located at the northeast corner of University Blvd. and Hackberry Drive. Our deep-sky observing sessions use the 16" and (recently donated) 17" telescopes located in Moundville Archaeological Park. The telescope is set up on a pad in the field across the road from the museum (see locator map), so parking is available at the museum and near the conference center overlooking the Black Warrior River. (The park does not charge for after-hours admission for these programs). For these events, we also use the new 20-inch "Big Little Telescope" recently donated to the department.

      Above are the dates for the currently scheduled Public Nights, the starting times for the programs, and the speakers. Note that they sometimes depart from Friday nights, to accomodate special events.

      For more information, call the Department office at 348-5050 and ask for the faculty member in charge of the date in question. We also ask that you give us advance warning if you are bringing a large group, so we may plan accordingly. We keep an email listing to be notified as new observatory events are scheduled; email Karen Lynn ( to be added to the list. Important parking notice for autumn events: Parking restrictions on campus go into effect on the evenings before home football games, including the Gallalee Hall parking lot. Parking is particularly tight on Homecoming weekend. The UA CrimsonRide transit system is now operating and keeps going late into the night.

      For additional skygazing opportunities in the Birmingham area, please see the Birmingham Astronomical Society schedule. Weather information specifically tailored to astronomical observing is available in the clear sky clock for Tuscaloosa generated using forecasts from the Canadian Meteorology Centre.

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