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 2011 Speaker schedule)

  • Thu, May 5, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Preparing to Photograph a Planetary Conjunction"
    MC: Hannah Krug

  • Fri, May 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Gennady Milikh on "Red Sprites and Blue Jets"
    MC: Ashlee Wilkins

  • Sun, June 5, 9:00 pm
    Daniel Jontof-Hutter on "The Greenhouse Effect"
    MC: ??

  • Mon, June 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Richard Mushotzky on "High Energy Universe"
    MC: ??

  • Tue, July 5, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Observing Asteroids"
    MC: ??

  • Wed, July 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Soko Matsumura on "Exploring the World of Exoplanets"
    MC: Taro Shimizu

  • Fri, August 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Jianyang Li on "Vesta Fiesta"
    MC: ??

  • Sat, August 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Mike "Terp" Kelley on "On Ice and Impacts in the Asteroid Belt"
    MC: John Capone

Get a sneak peek at our Fall/Winter 2011 schedule!