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 2013 Speaker schedule)

  • Saturday, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Observing Satellites"
    MC: Kim-Yen Nguyen

  • Sunday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Anne Lohfink on "Black Hole Caught Red-Handed in a Stellar Homicide"
    MC: Kári Helgason

  • Tuesday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Katie Jameson on "Fractals, 'Lakes' on a Moon, and Google Maps: Comparing the Surface Evolution of Saturn's Moon Titan to Earth"
    MC: Kori Kreimeyer

  • Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Peter Teuben on "Artist Impressions in Astronomy?"
    MC: Holly Sheets

  • Tuesday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Brett Morris on "Studying Transiting Exoplanets with the Biggest and Smallest Telescopes On and Off of Earth"
    MC: Alex McCormick

  • Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Kári Helgason on "From the Dark Ages to the Era of the First Stars"
    MC: Drew Hogg

  • Friday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Jessica Sunshine on "Geysers, Explosions, and Flows: Volcanoes throughout the Solar System"
    MC: Arnab Dhabal

  • Saturday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Hannah Krug on "How to Be an Observational Astronomer"
    MC: Ashlee Wilkins

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2013 schedule!