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University of Maryland Observatory

University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6555
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    Constructed in 1963, the University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory was initially seen as an important component of the teaching and research program in the Department of Astronomy. Public programs were started almost immediately to bring the excitement of astronomy to the University community and the general public. The Observatory hosts public nights or “Open Houses” on the 5th and the 20th of every month (8pm Nov-Apr, 9pm May-Oct). On Open House evenings a guest speaker gives an approximately 25-30 minute talk about a topic in astronomy. The presentation is followed by viewing of celestial objects through the observatory’s telescopes, weather permitting. Open Houses are attended by more than 2500 visitors each year and are open (free!) to the general public.