OBSERVATORY STATUS: The observatory is now closed. Check back next week for the next star party!
We are open to the public Wednesday nights when the weather is clear. Our opening times vary throughout the year due to changing times of sunset. Call 58-SPACE (587-7223) after 8:00pm on Wednesdays to verify opening status, we are unavailable at this phone number outside of this time frame. Any questions should be directed to our email email@example.com and not the phone number. Be sure to refresh the page for the most updated information as it is updated often.
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The South Physics Observatory located at the University of Utah offers FREE public star parties on CLEAR Wednesday nights. These are open to all ages, interests and groups. We open at various times through the year corresponding to changing sunset times so please check the web page for current scheduled openings. During the visit, expect to see galaxies, nebulae, stars, planets, and clusters. Feel free to ask questions about the universe, science and what you're seeing. We may also offer lectures, demos, and special events before star parties begin.
The events are outdoors so please dress appropriately for weather. We also try to open during important astronomical events so be sure to listen for the next lunar eclipse or bright comet.
SPO can also offer assistance for those looking to learn to use telescopes for personal use, astrophotography, or for school/science fair projects. If you're looking to purchase a telescope and need help with all the choices, or if you're having trouble setting yours up, bring them to us and we may be able to help. Also, after a few hours of training, you'll be able to use the telescopes and cameras at your leisure at SPO (with assistance).