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View a Solar Eclipse at the UCI Observatory!

A SPECIAL EVENT AT THE UCI OBSERVATORY

Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: The Observatory at the University of California, Irvine

Come and see one of nature's wonders - a solar eclipse - at the UCI Observatory!
The eclipse lasts from 5:25 to 7:43 pm.
At the maximum of the eclipse, which occurs at 6:38 pm, approximately 85% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. (Some Northern California residents will be treated to a full annular eclipse.)
In addition, use our telescopes to see sunspots and solar flares on the surface of the Sun, learn about the Sun, and take a tour of a scale-model Solar System.


Visitor Nights are free of charge, although we suggest a $5 donation per family to defray the costs, and parking on campus costs $2/hr or a maximum of $8.  No reservations are required.  They are fun for the entire family - children, teens, parents and grandparents. We heartily encourage amateur astronomers to bring along their own telescopes to share with our visitors.

Unlike normal Visitor Nights, there will be no shuttle bus for this day-time event. Visitors should walk up the hill to the intersection of California Ave. and Gabrielino Dr. and take a left on the gravel road that leads to the Observatory. This walk takes approximately 15 minutes. Note that parking is not allowed on the streets in the University Hills neighborhood where the Observatory is located. Only cars transporting telescope equipment or a handicapped person will be permitted to drive on the road leading out to the Observatory for safety reasons.

*Additional parking information will be made available as it is obtained.  I will be contacting the University Hills Community Center to see if they will allow us to park on site for this special event.

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  • Patience

    Being Geeky has never been so much fun!!! <3

    May 20, 2012

  • Patience

    For those who would like to park in the closest "Officially Designated" parking location you will find a large parking structure for the Ant Eater Recreation Center, located at 680 california ave., the parking pass machines there take $ 1 bills. This is located at the bottom of the hill & the observatory is up the hill. Once you park you walk back out to the street & the observatory is on the same side of the street at the corner of california & gabrielino.

    May 20, 2012

  • Patience

    In the past the University Hills Community Center has let us park in their parking lot (located across the street from the observatory entrance) on every occasion. However, we have always had express permission. Since we did not receive word one way or the other I can only stress that parking at 1083 California Avenue Irvine, CA 92617 has not been officially authorized.

    May 19, 2012

  • Michael R.

    Nice!!! Thanks for the info.

    May 17, 2012

  • Patience

    I have received word from the Astronomy department at UCI. They have protective eye wear ($2 collateral required). In addition to eyewear they will also be projecting a live image of the sun onto a screen for multi-person viewing!

    May 17, 2012

  • Patience

    Because this has come up more than once, I have sent an inquiry to the head of the UCI Astronomy department. I hope they do have something available for us to use (in addition to the proper precautions already built into the telescopes we will be viewing through).
    I'll post the reply just as soon as it comes in. :)
    [Additionally I am still working on permission for us all across the street from the Observatory - update still pending]

    May 16, 2012

  • Michael R.

    Should we bring eye protection? Know where we can get anything?

    May 16, 2012

  • Patience

    Since this event is scheduled for an unusually early time I have not included a pre-meetup meal on this occasion. When our regularly scheduled UCI-Observatory nights resume (June) we will offer a snack/meal meetup time.

    May 14, 2012

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