Astronomy Program
Department of Physics & Astronomy


UA 16-inch telescope

Public Nights at Gallalee Hall & Moundville

  • Friday, January 16  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  7-10pm  —  Comet Lovejoy, Jupiter, Orion Nebula (Bill Keel)

  • Thursday, January 29  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  7:00 pm  —  Public talk:
    Ice Cube: the weirdest wonder of modern astronomy (Prof. Dawn Williams), room 227
     —  8:00 pm  —  Viewing: Comet Lovejoy, Jupiter, Orion Nebula (Bill Keel)

  • Saturday, February 21  -  Moundville
  •  —  6-9 pm  —  Venus/Mars, nebulae, star clusters (Ron Buta, Bill Keel)
     —  This event has been CANCELLED due to weather

  • Thursday, March 12  -  Moundville
  •  —  8-10 pm  —  Nebulae, galaxies,star clusters (Ron Buta, Dean Townsley)
     —  This event has been CANCELLED due to weather

  • Friday, March 27  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  8-10 pm  —  Jupiter, the Moon (Jeremy Bailin)

  • Friday, April 24  -  Gallalee Hall
  •  —  8-10 pm  —  Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon (Preethi Nair)


    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 ( kmlynn@as.ua.edu) 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. Note that the UA CrimsonRide transit system is now operating and keeps going late into the night - see crimsonride.ua.edu for details.

      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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