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 2019 Speaker schedule)

  • Saturday, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "2019 Observing Highlights"
    MC: Joe DeMartini

  • Sunday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Yoni Brande on "Planet Hunting with JWST/MIRI"
    MC: Ramsey Karim

  • Tuesday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr Doug Hamilton on "Beyond Pluto: Latest Results from the New Horizons Flyby of a Distant Kuiper Belt Object"
    MC: Rebecca Levy

  • Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Edmund Hodges-Kluck on "X-raying the Hot Gas around Galaxies"
    MC: Elizabeth Tarantino

  • Tuesday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Dina Bower on "Understanding Life Signatures in Europa-like Environments Using Raman Spectroscopy"
    MC: Jialu Li

  • Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr Matej Malik on "Numerical Modeling of Exoplanetary Atmospheres"
    MC: Kyle Sheppard

  • Friday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr Paul Sutter on "Your Place in the Universe: Understanding our Big, Messy Existence" (talk, booksigning event)
    MC: Ben Hord

  • Saturday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Massimo Ricotti on "Galaxy Formation in the Universe: the Beginning"
    MC: Teal

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2019 schedule!