Time lapse photo of the UCF Robinson Observatory

Knight View

Dedicated on April 25, 1996, the Robinson Observatory provides research and educational opportunities for students and the community alike. The facility, which houses a 20-inch telescope, offers students a training ground to collect solid data and conduct original research. And the popular “Knights Under the Stars,” a series of free events held throughout the academic year, invites the community to learn more about the solar system from knowledgeable volunteers.

People will literally gasp the first time they see an up-close view of Saturn’s rings or craters on the moon. It’s very satisfying for us to be able to bring the night sky to people in such a visceral way.

Yan Fernandez, associate professor of planetary science and director of the Robinson Observatory


Number of constellations

100 billion+

Number of stars in the Milky Way

100-200 billion

Number of galaxies you could see from Earth using the Hubble telescope

1 trillion

Potential number of galaxies in the universe

100 sextillion

(100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) Estimated number of stars in the universe