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 2007 Speaker schedule)

  • Wednesday, September 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Cole Miller on "From Smooth to Rough: the Formation of Structure in the Universe"
    MC: Mia Bovill

  • Thursday, September 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Alan Peel on "The 2006 Nobel Prize in Astronomy...Er, I mean Physics: An Amazing (and semi-local) Achievement"
    MC: Elizabeth Warner

  • Friday, October 5, 9:00 pm
    John Vernaleo on "Hydro Simulations: How We Can Model Fluids to Understand Astronomy"
    MC: Edmund Hodges-Kluck

  • Saturday, October 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Sten Odenwald, GSFC, on "How to build a universe!"

  • Monday, November 5, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Telescope Buying Advice"
    MC: Mike Koss

  • Tuesday, November 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Ted Jacobson, Physics, on "Gravitational Lenses: From Einstein's Ring to Probes of Dark Matter and Extrasolar Planets"
    MC: Sidharth Kumar

  • Wednesday, December 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Rosemary Killen on "Messenger at Mercury"
    MC: Megan DeCesar

  • Thursday, December 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Dongchan Kim on "Rare Earth - Coincidence or Design?"
    MC: Hao Gong

Get a sneak peek at our Spring 2008 schedule!