Maryland Space Grant Observatory
Please check this page on Friday after 4 p.m. to find out if the observatory will be open.
Special note: As of October 19, 2018, refurbishing work is complete, and the Observatory is back in normal operation with improved pointing and controls!
We invite you to come and observe the stars and planets with us, any Friday evening that looks like clear skies!
Observatory Open Houses are generally held every Friday evening, weather permitting, starting after dusk. Opening and closing times vary with the seasons, weather and other factors. Checking this page the day of an event is the best way to be informed.
Please visit this page for up-to-the-minute information: check back after 5 p.m. the day of an event for the final word about observatory status including precise opening and closing times. (The former Observatory telephone “hotline” is no longer being updated regularly.)
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.