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 2009 Speaker schedule)

  • Sat, September 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Rosemary Killen, GSFC, on "National Lunar Science Institute"
    MC: Daniel Jontof-Hutter

  • Sun, September 20, 9:00 pm
    Fred Hickok, CCBC, on "Early Interactions of Astronomy, Modern Physics and Astrophysics"
    MC: Jee Hye Han

  • Mon, October 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Michelle Thaller, GSFC, on "The Hidden Universe: A Celebration of the Spitzer Space Telescopes Major Discoveries"
    MC: Hannah Krug

  • Tue, October 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Derek Lamb, CUA/GSFC, on "Magnetic Fields on the Sun from the Time of Galileo to the Present"
    MC: Randall Perrine

  • Thu, November 5, 8:00 pm
    Max Mutchler, STScI, on "Early Hubble observations following the 5th Space Shuttle servicing mission"
    MC: Shaye Storm

  • Fri, November 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Sebastien Besse on "50 years of Planetary Exploration: What's Best?"
    MC: Edmund Hodges-Kluck

  • Sat, December 5, 8:00 pm in English, 9:00 pm en Español
    Rodrigo Herrera Camus on "The Invisible Universe / El Universo Invisible"
    MC: Megan DeCesar

    NOTE: New grad student Rodrigo will give his presentation twice -- first in English at 8pm and then in Spanish at 9pm!

    NOTA: Nuevo estudiante graduado dictará la charla dos veces, la primera en Inglés a las 8pm y la segunda en Español a las 9pm!

  • Sun, December 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Doug Hamilton on "Saturn's Newest Ring"
    MC: Mark Avara

Get a sneak peek at our Spring 2010 schedule!