Saying goodbye to the UCI Observatory

The UCI Observatory is being demolished this summer because its location is being developed for new UCI campus housing.  The observatory has served us well for many years (longer than the 10 years that I’ve been at UCI) and was used for public viewing nights, undergraduate classes, and summer high-school science programs. Because of the bright city lights in Orange County, this location isn’t suitable for research-quality observations, even with our 24-inch telescope, but it’s been great to have the observatory just a short walk from the center of campus.  Our plan is to build a new observatory with better equipment and a nicer building in a park that will be close to the old observatory location.