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 2008 Speaker schedule)

  • Mon, May 5, 9:00 pm
    Mia Bovill on "Near Field Cosmology OR The Little Galaxies that Could"
    MC: Eric Winter

  • Tue, May 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Cole Miller on "Black Hole Mergers in the Hearts of Galaxies"
    MC: Daniel Jontof-Hutter

  • Thu, June 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tony Farnham on "100th Anniversary of Tunguska"

  • Fri, June 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. David Rupke on "The Making of the Modern Telescope"
    MC: Jithin George

  • Sat, July 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Kevin Rauch on "Perception, Reality, and Science: Do We Know Anything?"
    MC: Randall Perrine

  • Sun, July 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Nancy Grace Roman on "The Birth and Childhood of the Hubble"
    MC: Holly Sheets

  • Tue, August 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Rosemary Killen on "Tenuous Atmospheres: Neutrals, Ions and Dust in the Solar System"
    MC: KwangHo Park

  • Wed, August 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Sean O'Neill on "Disks, Jets, Bubbles, and Other Ways Black Holes Make Their Presence Known"
    MC: Alan Gersch

Get a sneak peek at our Fall/Winter 2008 schedule!