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Maryland Space Grant Observatory

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Friday, December 9

Weather permitting, we will be open Friday evening, 12/9. Check here for an update that day.

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Observatory Open Houses are generally held on Friday evenings, weather permitting, starting after dusk. Opening and closing times vary with the seasons, weather and other factors. Checking this webpage after 4 p.m. the day of a tentative event is the best way to be informed. Open Houses are free and open to the public.

Fall 2022 Update: Weather permitting, we tentatively plan to be open on the following Friday evenings: 9/2, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/9, and 12/16. Final decisions will be announced on this website as early in the week as possible but in some cases as late as noon on the day of the event. All guests must follow the relevant university covid-19 policies. The planets Saturn and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky throughout the semester. Conditions permitting, we will also set up one of our cameras and do some imaging of deep sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae and nearby galaxies. Some of the images so acquired are available here. Jupiter was at its brightest on 9/26 and should be readily identifiable in the evening sky by looking to the east after dark anytime around this date — it appears like a bright star, far brighter than any others in the sky. Weather permitting, excellent views of Jupiter will be available from the Observatory on any open night during Fall 2022.

View directions for Observatory Open Houses; or check the calendar of upcoming events.

The Morris W. Offit Telescope is the major observing instrument located under the Stanley D. and Joan F. Greenblatt Dome, on the roof of the Bloomberg Center.

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