UCF Asteroid


UCF’s Asteroid Viewing Party 2013

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union

Join professors, researchers, students and friends of UCF for a special “viewing party” of an asteroid zipping between Earth and orbiting communication satellites (within 14,000 miles of Earth).

The asteroid, the size of a city block, will squeeze by Earth’s atmosphere and the geostationary satellites orbiting the planet. It will be the closest fly by in history.



UCF Planetary Sciences 

The UCF Planetary Sciences Group uses spacecraft data, images from the world’s most powerful telescopes, meteorites and moon rocks, and supercomputer calculations to investigate fundamental questions like these:

  • How did our solar system form?
  • What do the surfaces of other worlds tell us about their history?
  • What happens when a comet hits a planet?
  • Are there any other planetary systems like ours?
  • Are we alone?


The Robinson Observatory 

The Robinson Observatory is a research and education facility of the University of Central Florida. It is run by the faculty and students of the Planetary Sciences Group and of the Astronomy Society in the Department of Physics. Check out their website by clicking here.



UCF Admissions Information

See for yourself why the University of Central Florida (UCF) is a Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 50 “Best Value” university, a Forbes Top 100 “Best Buy College,” and aU.S. News and World Report “Top Tier National University” and “School to Watch” by checking out our undergraduate admissions website.