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

  • Wed, September 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Lori Feaga on "Upcoming Apparition of Comet Wirtanen"
    MC: Guangwei Fu

  • Thu, September 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Cole Miller on "Black Holes and Ripples in Spacetime"
    MC: Corbin Taylor

  • Fri, October 5, 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Research with Small Telescopes"
    MC: Chongchong He

  • Sat, October 20, 9:00 pm
    Jonathan Williams on "Spectrum Management and Astrophysics"
    MC: Julian Marohnic

  • Mon, November 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Jacob Richardson on "Exploring Volcanoes on Earth, the Moon, and Mars"
    MC: Carrie Holt

  • Tue, November 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Peter Teuben on "?all sky cameras?"
    MC:Tomás Ahumada

  • Wed, December 5, 8:00 pm
    (Dr. M Hayes-Gehrke) on "ASTR 310 Student Research"
    MC: Robyn Smith

  • Thu, December 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Ludmilla Kolokolova on "Cosmic Dust Near and Far"
    MC: Jongwon Park