The Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park hosts Open Houses at the UMD Observatory on the 5th and the 20th of every month. On Open House evenings a guest speaker will give approximately a half hour talk about a topic in astronomy. The talk is followed by viewing of celestial objects through the observatory's telescopes, weather permitting. If weather does not permit viewing, the talk will still go on as scheduled.

Upcoming Speakers

(download a copy of the Spring 2009 Speaker schedule)

  • Monday, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Patrick Harrington, on "Is There a Planetary Nebula in the Sun's Future?"
    MC: Katie Philpott

  • Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "International Year of Astronomy 2009"
    MC: Emil Polisensky

  • Thursday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Chris Reynolds on "Einstein in a twist: the life and times of a spinning black hole"
    MC: Kwang-Ho Park

  • Friday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Lisa Wei on "Morphological Evolution of Galaxies: Young to Old, and Old to Young"
    MC: Jithin George

  • Thursday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Joe Lazio on "Lunar Radio Astronomy"
    MC: Hao Gong

  • Friday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Misty LaVigne & Dr. Peter Teuben on "Astro-photography techniques, using telescopes to point-and-shoot"
    MC: Mike McDonald

  • Sunday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Megan DeCesar on "Pulsars: The Universal Timekeepers"
    MC: Shaye Storm

  • Monday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Mia Bovill, on "Inside the Soap Bubbles: Looking for Galaxies in the Voids"
    MC: Yana Radeva

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2009 schedule!