Calling all stargazers! UC Berkeley has just re-launched their popular Astro Night series, which means visitors will once again have free access to the astronomy department’s telescopes and rooftop observatory. The events will happen at Campbell Hall near the Campanile.
Astro Night will kick off on Thursday, April 7 with a lecture at 7:30pm and the rooftop opening at 8:30pm. Astronomer Dr. Guy Nir will present a lecture titled “Life on other planets.”
Astro Night invites members of the public to explore the galaxies via the university’s telescopes, a collection which includes a 17-inch telescope in the observatory. Each event includes a lecture from a university researcher, usually having to do with life elsewhere in the universe and aimed at a high school level.
You cannot park on the UC Berkeley campus, but the closest parking garage is at Hearst and Euclid and street parking is free after 6pm. Doors will open 30 minutes before each star party and the events are first come, first serve. Be advised that star gazing is also dependent on weather conditions although lectures will occur as scheduled.
The events start at different times depending on when the sun goes down, which you can keep up to date with at the department website.
Be sure to check out Astro Night at UC Berkeley on first Thursdays at Campbell Hall.