JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The University of North Florida Physics Department and the Astronomy Club are hosting monthly Astronomy Night sessions for the public to enjoy viewing and learning about the wonders of the night sky.
Sessions are free, open to the public and great for families. The department has many telescopes of different types and sizes available for observation.
Below is a list of the Fall 2023 Astronomy Night dates:
- Friday, Aug. 25: Featuring Dr. Victoria Martin, UNF physics professor, discussing “The Secrets of Black Holes”
- Friday, Sept. 22: Featuring David Bosnic, a recent UNF physics graduate, discussing “This Year’s Two Great American Eclipses”
- Friday, Oct. 20: Featuring Dr. Marina Kounkel, UNF physics professor, discussing “The GAIA space observatory”
- Friday, Nov. 17: Featuring Dr. Nirmal Patel, UNF physics lecturer, discussing “Results from NASA’s Eclipse Ballooning Project”
- Friday, Dec. 8: Featuring Morgan Hardman, resident at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, discussing “Aerospace Medicine”
Astronomy Nights begin in the lobby of the Science and Engineering Building, Building 50. A guest speaker will give a short public talk starting at 8 p.m., and afterward, participants are invited up to the rooftop to observe.
Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and for the outdoors. Professors and students will be available to answer questions throughout the night.
Telescope viewings can only happen if cloud cover permits, but the public talk will take place regardless of the weather. If you arrive after 8:30 p.m., take the elevator to the fourth floor for observation.
For more information, visit the Astronomy Nights website.
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