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 2010 Speaker schedule)

  • Tuesday, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Zolt Levay, STScI, on "Pictures from Data: Unveiling Hubble's Colorful Universe"
    MC: Alex McCormick

  • Wednesday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Eric Winter on "Gamma Ray Bursts"
    MC: Anne Lohfink

  • Friday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell on "Forming Exoplanets"
    MC: Katie Jameson

  • Saturday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Lucy McFadden on "Asteroids to Meteorites: A Scientific Expedition to the Northern Desert of Sudan"
    MC: Mark Avara

  • Friday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Eric McKenzie on "A Timeline of the Universe"
    MC: Jessica Donaldson

  • Saturday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Mike McDonald on "More Than Meets the Eye - The Reasons Why Astronomers Observe Outside of Optical Wavelengths"
    MC: Hao Gong

  • Monday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Mike Koss on "Supermassive Black Holes Feeding in a Galaxy Near You"
    MC: Mike Gill

  • Tuesday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Doug Hamilton on "Saturn's Newest Ring"
    MC: Jonathan Fraine

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2010 schedule!