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 2010 Speaker schedule)

  • Sun, September 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Cole Miller on "Black Holes and Gravitational Waves"
    MC: Jee Hye Han

  • Mon, September 20, 9:00 pm
    Alex McCormick on "Climbing the Distance Ladder to the 'Edge' of the Universe"
    MC: Che-Yu Chen

  • Tue, October 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Melissa Hayes-Gehrke on "How do astronomers make images from light that we can't see?"
    MC: Edmund Hodges-Kluck

  • Wed, October 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tracy Huard on "Holes in the Heavens"
    MC: Shaye Storm

  • Fri, November 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Derek Richardson on "What's New in the Solar System"
    MC: Randall Perrine

  • Sat, November 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Lori Feaga on "Hartley 2, Up Close and Personal"
    MC: Kory Kreimeyer

  • Sun, December 5, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Observing Highlights for 2011"
    MC: Mark Avara

  • Mon, December 20, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "About Tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse"
    MC: ???

Get a sneak peek at our Spring 2011 schedule!