Looking to touch the stars? UNF hosting Astronomy Night for the public

Open to the public for observation.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Would you like to peek at the distant stars and faraway galaxies? Well, the University of North Florida is giving the public the ability to do so.


Beginning on Oct. 7, UNF will be hosting Astronomy Night. The physics department and the Astronomy Club will host free, monthly Astronomy Night sessions for all to enjoy.

The goal is to provide people with a viewing and learning experience about the wonders of the night sky through various telescopes of different types and sizes available for observation.

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The night session will feature UNF student researcher Ben Mayfield as he discusses “Primordial Black Holes.”

The event will begin with a science lecture at 8 p.m. followed by the rooftop observation at 8:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for the outdoors and to ask professors and students questions throughout the evening.

Astronomy Night will take place at:

University of North Florida

Science and Engineering Building, Building 50

1 UNF Drive

Other upcoming Astronomy Nights include:

  • Friday, Nov. 4: Featuring research assistant James Katz discussing “GAIA’s 3-D Map of the Galaxy”
  • Friday, Dec. 2: Featuring Dr. Candice Tahimic, UNF biology assistant professor, discussing “Biology and Spaceflight”