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 Summer 2004 Speaker schedule)

  • Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "A Tale of Three Comets"

  • Thursday, May 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Doug Hamilton on "Tilting Saturn"

  • Saturday, June 5, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Observing the Venus Transit"
    Dr. Cole Miller on "Neutron Stars"

  • Sunday, June 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Ed Shaya on "Space Interferometry Mission, 2010: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, the Universe and Everything"

  • Monday, July 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Amy Simon-Miller on "Cassini Saturn Orbit Insertion"

  • Tuesday, July 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Sylvain Veilleux on "Supermassive Black Holes"

  • Thursday, August 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Marc Pound on "Take the Astronomy Challenge!"

  • Friday, August 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Rosemary Killen on "Messenger"

Get a sneak peek at our Fall 2004 schedule!