South Physics Observatory

An image of the Hamburg galaxy, a spiral disk in lit up in whites, yellows and pinks surrounded by the blackness of space, with some bright celestial objects dotting here and there.

Experience the universe for Dark Sky Week

April 22-30, join in local events honoring Utah’s phenomenal night skies.


A landscape of the dark skies. You see an arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.

6 dark sky parks near campus

Celebrate International Dark Sky Week at these parks located an hour or less from the U’s campus.


10 Places on campus to visit

Taking a picture and getting familiar with some new areas of campus could win you $50.


HUMANS OF THE U: PAUL RICKETTS

On Aug. 21, Paul Ricketts, director of the U’s South Physics Observatory, drove to Driggs, Idaho, to watch and document the total solar eclipse. Ricketts shared his take on the biggest astronomical event in decades from the point of view of an astronomy educator and celestial photographer.


SEARCH FOR SPACE GHOSTS

All are welcome to the South Physics Observatory to stargaze and celebrate Halloween, a holiday with astronomical roots.