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 2007 Speaker schedule)

  • Friday, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Greg Piepol on "The Amazing Sun"
    MC: EW

  • Saturday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Rachel Osten on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Observations and Consequences of Stellar Flares"
    MC: Edmund Hodges-Kluck

  • Monday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Jessica Sunshine on "Returning to the Moon"
    MC: Randall Perrine

  • Tuesday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Conor Nixon on "Titan: New Views from Cassini"
    MC: Edmund Hodges-Kluck

  • Monday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Rosemary Killen on "Messenger and BepiColombo"
    MC: Jane Gilhooly

  • Tuesday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "The Celestial Sphere"
    MC: Sidharth Kumar

  • Thursday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Marc Pound on "The Story of the Horsehead"
    MC: Misty LaVigne

  • Friday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Lisa Winter on "The Milky Way: A Tour of our Galaxy"
    MC: Mia Bovill

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2007 schedule!