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 2012 Speaker schedule)

  • Saturday, May 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Drake Deming on "Exoplanets"
    MC: Krista Smith

  • Sunday, May 20, 9:00 pm
    Hannah Krug on "Quasars, Blazars, and Seyferts: Oh My!"
    MC: Ashlee Wilkins

  • Tuesday, June 5, 5-9:00 pm
    Transit of Venus This will be a special on-campus program!!
    MC: Alice Olmstead, Kory Kreimeyer

  • Wednesday, June 20, 9:00 pm
    Jessica Donaldson on "Techniques for Detecting Exoplanets"
    MC: Alice Olmstead

  • Thursday, July 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tim Livengood on "Beneath a Watery Moon"
    MC: John Capone

  • Friday, July 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Sonali Shukla on "Dust to Dust: The life cycles of stars"
    MC: Kwongho Park

  • Sunday, August 5, 9:00 pm
    Jade Williams on "What's Happening in the Coma of Comet 103P/Hartley 2?"
    MC: Hao Gong

  • Monday, August 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Kevin Rauch on "Do we live in a parallel universe?"
    MC: Rodrigo Herrera Camus

Get a sneak peek at our Fall/Winter 2012 schedule!