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 2011 Speaker schedule)

  • Mon, September 5, 8:00 pm en Español; 9:00 pm in English
    Dr. Alberto Bolatto on "Exoplanetas en Abundancia/Exoplanets Galore"
    MC: Kári Helgason

  • Tue, September 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Cole Miller on "Black Holes, Galaxies, and Life"
    MC: Maxime Rizzo

  • Wed, October 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Peter Teuben on "Observing with an Interferometer"
    MC: Shaye Storm

  • Thu, October 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Silvia Protopapa on "The Most Distant Objects in the Solar System"
    MC: Katie Jameson

  • Sat, November 5, 8:00 pm
    Grace Deming on "Viewing the Leonid Meteor Shower"
    MC: Alex McCormick

  • Sun, November 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Doug Hamilton on "Mooning Pluto"
    MC: Kim-Yen Nguyen

  • Mon, December 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Eve Ostriker on "Star Formation: Laws of Supply and Demand"
    MC: Ron Ballouz

  • Tue, December 20, 8:00 pm
    Makarand Bidwai on "Yardsticks of Stellar Distance Measurement"
    MC: Che-Yu Chen

Get a sneak peek at our Spring 2012 schedule!