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

  • Sunday, May 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Hayes-Gehrke/A315 Students on "Asteroid Rotation Period Results from ASTR 315 Student Research"
    MC: Jegug Ih

  • Monday, May 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tess Jaffe on "The Shape of the Universe"
    MC: Charlotte Ward

  • Wednesday, June 5, 9:00 pm
    Max Parks on "Road to the Red Planet: Human Exploration of Mars"

  • Thursday, June 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Eliza Kempton on "Extrasolar Planets: Exploring Alien Worlds"
    MC: Carrie Volpert

  • Friday, July 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tony Farnham on "Wirtanen Results"

  • Saturday, July 20, 9:00 pm
    Bill Davis on "No Dark in Sight"
    MC: Sara Frederick

  • Monday, August 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Carrie Anderson on "The Saturn System seen through the Eyes of Cassini"
    MC: Milena Crnogorcevic

  • Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Tracy Huard on "Astronomy from 40,000 Feet: Observing Protostars with NASA's SOFIA Flying Observatory"
    MC: Sergio Mundo