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, January 5, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "2020 Observing Highlights"
    MC: Jialu Li

  • Monday, January 20, 8:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warner on "Sky Tour"
    MC: Carrie Holt

  • Wednesday, February 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Eleonora Troja on "Gravitational Waves, Light, and the Origin of Gold"
    MC: Laura Lenkic

  • Thursday, February 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Alberto Bolatto on "The Evolution of Galaxies through Cosmic Time"
    MC: Ben Hord

  • Thursday, March 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Drake Deming on "New Exoplanets from the TESS Mission"
    MC: Becca Levy

  • Friday, March 20, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Matthew Knight on "The Galaxy Strikes Back: What have we learned after visits by two interstellar objects?"
    MC: Joe DeMartini

  • Sunday, April 5, 8:00 pm
    Dr. Richard Cosentino on "Storms and Climate of Jupiter and Saturn"
    MC: Liz Tarantino

  • Monday, April 20, 8:00 pm
    Harrison Agrusa on "DART: NASA's First Mission to Deflect an Asteroid"
    MC: Teal

Get a sneak peek at our Summer 2020 schedule!