South Physics Building

The  South Physics Building was built in 1930. It was originally named the Engineering Hall but was changed to the South Physics Building in 1966. In 1967, an observatory dome was built on the South Physics Building roof. This dome now resides in the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex. In 2001, the South Physics Observatory added a new observatory dome and was updated with new equipment through a donation from the Willard L. Eccles Foundation. Until recently, the South Physics Building was the center for many physics labs that are required for multiple majors on campus.

Currently the South Physics Building is the home of the South Physics Observatory and AstronUmers headquarters. The South Physics Observatory normally holds weekly Star Parties with their multiple telescopes and the outreach group AstronUmers use this observatory and other physics and astronomy demonstrations to students from across the state. It also contains multiple research labs, offices, a physics graduate student lounge, and a large computer lab.


There is a really great computer lab located on the second floor. You do have to apply for access to the computer lab and a physics account to login to the computers through the physics department. But it’s worth it if you plan on doing a lot of computing or coding. It's one of the most quiet and private places on campus to study and do any coding or computing.


Star Parties at the South Physics Observatory is a super fun activity to do with friends or a date. The astronomers allow you to look into the telescopes, ask as many questions as you want, and they take suggestions of objects to look at. Definitely one of the most unique experiences you can have at the U!

Even if Star Parties aren’t being held, the South Physics Observatory still does outreach through Facebook lives, lectures, and other fun astronomy posts! Check them out here.


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