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Maryland Space Grant Observatory
The Maryland Space Grant Observatory

Observatory Status

Friday, October 19

Despite some clouds, we’ll open at 8 p.m. tonight and try to observe the Moon, at least! We’ll close at …

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Special note (dates updated): the observatory will be undergoing maintenance in the week of October 1-5, 2018, and will be unavailable during this period. We hope to reopen promptly thereafter.

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 (The former Observatory telephone “hotline” is no longer being updated regularly.)

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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