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 2012 Speaker schedule)

  • Thursday, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Melissa Hayes-Gehrke on "How do we know how big asteroids are?"
    MC: Dheeraj Pasham

  • Friday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Anne Lohfink on "The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy"
    MC: Jonathan Fraine

  • Sunday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Jade Williams on "Sunny with a Chance of Cloudiness... at a Comet"
    MC: Gabrielle Betancourt

  • Monday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Matthew Knight on "Death Defying Comet Lovejoy"
    MC: Sidharth Kumar

  • Monday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Javier Garcia on "An X-ray view of Black Holes"
    MC: Johnny VanLandingham

  • Tuesday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Megan DeCesar on "Pulsars"
    MC: Jithin George

  • Thursday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Alex McCormick on "What stops the growth of galaxies?"
    MC: Maggie McAdam

  • Friday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Sebastien Besse on "Seeing the Moon in a New Light"
    MC: Mahmuda Afrin Badhan

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2012 schedule!