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 Fall 2004 Speaker schedule)

  • Sunday, Sep 5, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Astrophotography Basics"

  • Monday, Sep 20, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Observing and Photographing Satellites"

  • Tuesday, Oct 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. David Rupke on "Dust in Space"

  • Wednesday, Oct 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Chris Reynolds on "SWIFTly Observing GRBs"

  • Friday, Nov 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Chul Gwon on "CARMA"

  • Saturday, Nov 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Barry McKernan on "The Search for Missing Matter"

  • Sunday, Dec 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Derek Richardson on "Cool Things You May Not Know About Asteroids"

  • Monday, Dec 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Doug Hamilton on "The Winter Solstice"

Get a sneak peek at our Spring 2005 schedule!