Note from the organizers:


The second annual Exploring Your Universe event was a hit! We had ~1300 people show up and participate in activities, demos, talks, planetarium shows, and telescope viewing. Thank you everyone who attended!

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 2010

          "Exploring Your Universe 2010" events will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 12:00 pm 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), and we plan to have more events than last year! 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, Atmospheric Sciences, and the CNSI High School NanoScience Program. 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 (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences unless otherwise noted):
- How the Sun works and solar telescope viewing
- The Phases of the Moon and Cratering History (Physics and Astronomy 2-748)
- Comet Making Demo
- Pocket Solar System and Asteroids
- Planetarium Shows (Mathematical Sciences 8th floor): Every half hour starting 12:30 pm! Pick up tickets at the table near the ground level of Math Sciences.
Spanish language shows at 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm!
- Galaxy Workshops: 1:00-2:00 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm
- Constellation Detectives
- History and Fact Booth - Galileo to Space Missions
- Discovery methods for finding new worlds beyond our solar system

Astronomy (5:00 - 7:30 pm) (Mathematical Sciences 8/9th floor):
- Planetarium Shows (continued)
- Telescopes Viewing (with extra participation from the LA Astronomical Society)
- Shadow Wall

Physics (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Physics and Astronomy Building - PAB):
- Make a Laser Hologram: 12:00-2:00 pm
Must pre-register here and attend the complete session. - Hands-on demonstrations of the Four Fundamental Forces
- See radiation in a Cloud Chamber
- Dark Matter Lab Open House (PAB A-719): 12:00pm - 4:00pm
- Physics Demo Shows: Fun and Physics with Liquid Gases (PAB 1-425): 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm
- "Embracing the Future: Emerging Trends in Physics and Astronomy,” Dr. James Rosenzweig (Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy) (PAB 2-434): 3:00-3:45 pm

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (meet in lobby of Mathematical Sciences):
- Inside Look at Weather Observations and Forecasting Tour (requires walking up some stairs): 1:00-2:00 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm

Earth and Space Sciences (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Geology Building):
- Spectacular Rock and Mineral Displays
- Fossil and Fossil Cast Displays
- Earthquake Education Demonstrations
- Stalactite Collection on Display
- Petrified Wood Collection on Display
- Understanding Fluid Dynamic Systems
- Understanding Meteorites and MeteorWrongs
- Making Fossil Casts

NASA Mission Representation (12:00-5:00 pm) (Geology Building/ Court of Sciences):
Dawn - Investigating the conditions and processes of the solar system's earliest epoch-
THEMIS: Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms -
DIVINER Lunar Radiometer Experiment -
STEREO: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory -

CEIN - Center for Environmental Impacts of NanoTechnology (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Learn about the impact of nanoscale technology on our environment with interactive hands-on tabletop activities
- Visitors to this area will also have a chance to engage in Q&A with faculty researchers.

CNSI High School NanoScience Program (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- Hands-on activities about Self-Assembly, Superhydrophobic Surfaces, and Magnetic Fluids!

SCIENTIFIC TALKS (located in Mathematical Sciences Room 5200):

1:30-2:00 pm:
Dr. David Jewitt (Earth & Space Sciences) “When is a Comet Not a Comet?”

2:30-3:00 pm:
Dr. Mike Jura (Astronomy) “The Composition of Extrasolar Minor Planets”

3:30-4:00 pm:
Dr. David Law (Astronomy) “Our Corner of the Cosmos: The Local Group of Galaxies”

4:30-5:00 pm:
Dr. David Saltzberg (Physics) “Science in Antarctica”

5:30-6:00 pm:
Dr. Matt Malkan (Astronomy) “Lookback Time: What's New in the Universe 12 Billion Years Ago?”

Information for Visitors

Parking Maps:

View Exploring Your Universe 2010 in a larger map

(click here for an enlarged view)

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 2010"

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If you have a Facebook account, you are welcome to RSVP by going to our Facebook event page!

Check out our posters:

Spanish language poster [view it, download it]

Exploring Your Universe

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Exploring Your Universe

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Exploring Your Universe

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We are now a "USA Science and Engineering Festival Satellite Event."

We are partnered with the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology!