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

  • Thu, September 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Jerry Bonnell on "Astronomy Picture of the Day"
    MC: Ginny Cunningham

  • Fri, September 20, 9:00 pm
    Alice Allen on "Behind and Beyond Astronomy Picture of the Day"
    MC: Corbin Taylor

  • Sat, October 5, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Sylvain Veilleux on "Imaging Supermassive Black Holes"
    MC: Erica Hammerstein

  • Sun, October 20, 9:00 pm
    Dr. Shoucun Hu on "How to Understand the Formation of Contact Binary Asteroids?"
    MC: Rye Volpert

  • Tue, November 5, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Transit of Mercury"
    MC: Ginny Cunningham

  • Wed, November 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Jacob Richardson on "Exploring Volcanoes in Central Iceland as Analogs for Planetary Surfaces"
    MC: Chongchong He

  • Thu, December 5, 8:00 pm
    (Dr. M Hayes-Gehrke) on "ASTR 310 Student Research"
    MC: Dana Louie

  • Fri, December 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Erez Michaely on "Gravitational Dynamics: From Apples to Black-holes"
    MC: Jongwon Park