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 2007 Speaker schedule)

  • Saturday, May 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Melissa Hayes-Gehrke on "The Many Facets of White Dwarfs"
    MC: Daniel Jontof-Hutter

  • Sunday, May 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Xi Shao on "Earth's Radiation Belt"
    MC: EW

  • Tuesday, June 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Lucy McFadden on "Dawn"
    MC: Yana Radeva

  • Wednesday, June 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Ludmilla Kolokolova on "Stardust: Update on the Analysis of the Returned Samples"
    MC: KwangHo Park

  • Thursday, July 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic on "Sometimes They Come in Pairs: Supermassive Black Hole Binaries"
    MC: Mia Bovill

  • Friday, July 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Ed Shaya on "Simulations of the Universe"
    MC: Lisa Wei

  • Sunday, August 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Claudia Knez on "Molecules in Space"
    MC: EW

  • Monday, August 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Lori Feaga on "About the 28 Aug Lunar Eclipse"

Get a sneak peek at our Fall/Winter 2007 schedule!