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Thanks for stopping by the Physics and Astronomy Subject Guide. This guide contains both UCI Libraries' restricted resources, as well as publicly accessible ones.

Find Articles: Directs you to the various databases and websites to locate online journal articles.

Find Books: Search for books in UCI's local ANTPAC catalog or in the UC system's Next Generation Melvyl catalog. You will also find links for online books and electronic book collections.

Reference Works: Resources that provide an overview or a supplementary addition to a particular topic.

Key Physics & Astronomy Websites: Links to various physics and astronomy websites.

Video Lectures & Podcasts: View online lectures of various physics and astronomy topics, and find podcasts from iTunes U.

If you have any questions regarding how to use or how to find a particular resource, feel free to contact me.


  • UCI Observatory Visitor Nights
    As of July, 2014, the UCI Observatory is closed for construction. We are building a new Observatory that will be located inside a 1.5 acre park in a newly-built housing development. We anticipate the new Observatory opening sometime in January, 2016. We'll post news here once we get further details.
  • Cosmic Diary  
    The project concerns the daily lives of full-time astronomers. More than 50 bloggers, professionals from over 35 countries and employed by
    organisations such as ESO, NASA, ESA and JAXA.
  • 100 Hours of Astronomy  
    An IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, one of the key goals of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope, just as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago.
  • From Earth to the Universe  
    From Earth to the Universe (FETTU) Cornerstone Project is an exhibition arranged by IYA2009 that will bring large-scale astronomical images to non-traditional venues such as public parks and gardens, art museums, shopping malls and metro stations.
  • World at Night  
    World at Night is bringing to the public a collection of stunning photographs and time-lapse videos of the world's landmarks with the sky in the background
  • Dark Skies Awareness  
    How Many Stars" event will raise awareness of light pollution, and how the beauty of the night sky is progressively being drowned out, particularly over urban areas.
  • 400 Years of the Telescope
    The 400 Years of the Telescope project is an exciting multimedia celebration of Galileo's first telescopic observations of the cosmos, and the resulting journey of discovery for humanity.
  • Universe Awareness for Young Children  
    "Tales of the Stars" storybook for children. The tales in the book originate from mythologies of different cultures: Greek and Roman, Arabic, Maya, Aztec and others.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

This is also a searchable database in which you may find many other intrgiuing images.

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