The Astronomy Group within the Department of Physics and Astronomy holds monthly Public Nights. The schedule is posted below and on the events calendar. All are welcome to come view the sky through our facilities, on campus and off. Admission to Public Nights is free. Events may be cancelled in case of bad weather/cloudy conditions.

Schedule for Spring 2020

 

 

Date Host/Speaker Talk/Night Sky Objects Location/Time
Thurs Jan 30 Dr. Bailin Telescope Viewing: crescent Moon, deep-sky objects Gallalee Hall Roof, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tues Feb 11 Dr. Maria Charisi Public Talk: Gravitational waves – a new window to the universe 227 Gallalee Hall, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Fri Feb 14 Dr. Dominic Walton Public Talk: The Discovery of Ultraluminous X-ray Pulsars 227 Gallalee Hall, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thur Feb 20 Dr. Ke Fang Public Talk: The Most Energetic Particles in the Universe 227 Gallalee Hall, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thur Feb 27 Dr. Nevin Weinberg Public Talk: Stellar Seismology: The Revolution 227 Gallalee Hall, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Fri Feb 28 Dr. Keel & Dr. Buta Telescope Viewing: crescent Moon, Deep-sky objects Moundville, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri Mar 27 Dr. Keel & Dr. Buta Telescope Viewing: crescent Moon, Deep-sky objects Moundville, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri Apr 3 Dr. Irwin Telescope Viewing: Gibbous Moon Gallalee Hall Roof, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wed Apr 22 Dr. Nair

&

Dr. Keel

Public Talk: 30 years of HST

Telescope Viewing: crescent Moon, deep-sky objects. New Horizon’s Parallax Program

227 Gallalee Hall, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Gallalee Hall Roof, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 


Locations and Equipment

Most on-campus 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, or the 20-inch “Big Little Telescope” recently donated to the department. The telescope is set up on a pad in the field across the road from the museum (see locator map). The park does not charge for after-hours admission for these programs.

Calendar

Our calendar shows the dates for the currently scheduled Public Nights, the starting times for the programs, and the speakers. Please pay attention to the dates; sometimes these events are held on nights other than Friday, to accommodate special events. (And occasionally, these events are held during the day.) Please also check weather forecasts before planning your trip. Weather information specifically tailored to astronomical observing is available in the clear sky clock for Tuscaloosa generated using forecasts from the Canadian Meteorology Centre.

Groups

Please call the department office at (205) 348-5050 to give us advance warning if you are bringing a large group, so we may plan accordingly.

Parking

During the fall football season, parking restrictions on campus go into effect on the evenings before home football games, including the Gallalee Hall parking lot. All vehicles must be out of that parking lot by 6 a.m. Saturday or they will be towed at their owners’ expense.

Parking is particularly tight on homecoming weekend. Be prepared to park at a lot that is several blocks or more from Gallalee Hall. The UA CrimsonRide transit system operates late into the night.

At Moundville Archaeological Park, parking is available at the museum and near the conference center overlooking the Black Warrior River. The locator map on this website shows both buildings and the spot where we set up our telescope.

For More Information

For more information, call the department office at (205) 348-5050 and ask for the faculty member in charge of the date in question. To receive advance notice of events as they are scheduled, email Karen Lynn (kmlynn@as.ua.edu) and ask to be added to our email list.

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.