Sat, 18 Sept 2010, 7pm-Midnight

In conjunction with the International Observe the Moon Night, the UMD Observatory will be open to the public from 7pm to midnight on Sat 18 September. Our primary target of course will be the Moon, but we will likely have some of our other telescopes pointed at other celestial objects.

This special observing session is FREE but we will gladly accept donations!! You do not need a reservation to attend, just show up between 7pm and midnight.

  • When to arrive: Anytime between 7pm and 11:30pm.
  • BYO...T!: Bring your own telescope! If you have a telescope and would like to set up and observe on the concrete pad or grassy area, please do! I will not, however, be able to answer questions about setting up your telescope! The Observatory of course will have its own scopes set up for observing for the public, but if you have a bad horizon at home and want to set up here, that's fine. However, you would need to leave by 12:15.
  • Children? Yes, this is an excellent program for kids since we will be primarily observing. Please keep in mind, however, that children under 4 often have difficulty observing with one eye through the telescope eyepiece and that the equipment can be very frightening in the dark.
  • Weather: This is primarily an observing event. A go/no-go decision will be made that afternoon and the decision posted on the UMD Observatory home page by 5pm. Please do not call!
  • Review our 1st Time Visitors/General Logistics page.