Note from the organizers:


The first annual Exploring Your Universe event was a hit! We had ~1000 people show up and participate in activities, demos, talks, planetarium shows, and telescope viewing. We plan to have this event again in the fall of 2010, so stay tuned.

If you would like to know more about our outreach program at UCLA Astronomy Live! then please email us at outreach [at]

Thank you,
Astronomy Live! Outreach Coordinators

Exploring Your Universe 2009

          "Exploring Your Universe" events will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm at UCLA's campus (see Visitor Info link above for general directions and scroll down on this page for a detailed campus map specific to this event). This event is FREE of charge to the public and FAMILY-FRIENDLY! We will feature many outreach events open to the general public (including students), as a local effort in the global celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009! Events include demos and activities for kids, workshops, faculty and graduate student talks, planetarium shows, and solar telescope viewing.

This event includes participation from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Earth and Space Sciences, and Atmospheric Sciences. It is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and has been developed by graduate students, faculty, and staff in each of the above departments.

Event Schedule

Events will be held at the Mathematical Sciences Building, Geology Building, and near Kinsey Pavilion (see link to campus map below).

You are welcome to come for any or all of the festivities! Feel free to pick workshops and activities you are interested in attending.




Astronomy (1:00 - 5:00 pm):
- How the Sun works and solar telescope viewing
- The phases of the Moon and cratering history
- Comet making demo and Solar system models
- Planetarium Shows (Mathematical Sciences 8th floor): 2-2:30 pm, 3-3:30 pm, 4-4:30 pm (in Spanish!)
- Galaxy Workshops (meet at north side of Inverted Fountain): 1:30-2:30 pm, 3:30-4:30 pm
- History and Fact station - Galileo to space missions

Astronomy (5:00 - 7:00 pm):
- Planetarium Shows
- Telescopes Viewing (Mathematical Sciences 9th floor): 5-5:30 pm, 6-6:30 pm
- Indoor activities (moon phases and comet-making)

Physics (1:00 - 5:00 pm):
- Speed of Light workshop
- Light, spectra, color demos
- Newton's laws, angular momentum
- Other demos showing physics phenomena

Earth and Space Sciences (1:00 - 5:00 pm):
- Inside Look at Weather Observations and Forecasting (meet in lobby of Mathematical Sciences): 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm
- Earth's Magnetic Field, Earthquake Processes, and Natural Disasters
- Amazing Rocks and Minerals
- Convection Currents
- Displays of "Turbulence" and "Dinosaur Casts"

TALKS: (located in Mathematical Sciences Room 5200)

1:30-2:00 pm: Martin Simon (UCLA) "Was Malthus Right? Are Resources Really Limited?"

2:00-2:30 pm: Matthew Malkan (UCLA) " Look-Back Time: What's New in the Universe 12 Billion Years Ago"

2:30-3:15 pm: Kevin Grazier (JPL) "The Cassini\Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan"

3:15-4:00 pm: Edward Wright (UCLA) "The WISE Mission"

4:00-4:30 pm: David Jewitt (UCLA) "Death From Space: Impacts, Extinction, and Devastation"

4:30-5:00 pm: Michael Jura (UCLA) "What Are Extrasolar Planets Made Of?"


5:00 - 6:00 pm:
Benjamin Zuckerman vs. William Newman: "Is there technological life elsewhere in the Galaxy?"

Information for Visitors

Campus Map:

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Places of interest on the map:

  • Ackerman Union: Food court and fast-food restaurants like Rubio's, Panda Express, Carl's Jr., and Taco Bell

  • Mathematical Sciences Building

  • Geology Building

  • Parking Kiosk: Drive to the kiosk to pay for parking (~$10)

  • Parking Structure #2: Closest parking lot

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    Bus Information:

           Recommended Routes: # 761, 2/302, 305

    Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica):
           Recommended Routes: # 1, 2, 3, 8, 12

    Culver City Bus:
           Recommended Routes: # 6

    Parking for Non-City Buses:

    There is free bus parking available near the Fowler Museum. To reach this designated bus zone, enter campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza. Take the first right onto Charles Young Drive and park along the right side of the street, across from the athletic fields.


    "Exploring Your Universe 2009"

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    Exploring Your Universe

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    About IYA2009

    "The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery..." + more...