UMBC Telescope Open Houses for the Public
The UMBC Telescope is open
for public viewing on the first Thursday of every month.
In case of inclemental weather, the "rain-date" is the second Thursday of
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During these "open houses", you will usually be able to visit the telescope
dome to see the telescope itself, hear a brief explanation as to how
the telescope works, followed by (back downstairs in the main auditorium) a live
presentation of images obtained by the telescope of astronomical objects
visible on that particular night. The targets typically include
planets within the solar system, Galactic globular clusters, nearby nebulae
and more distant galaxies..
Questions are of course welcomed & encouraged throughout the entire evening.
In addition, observations of specific objects maybe requested in advance, and
performed (assuming they are technically feasible).
- Access to the dome invloves climbing & descending 2 ladders,
which may be a challenge to some visitors such as children under
5 years old, and people with physical disabilities.
Please refer to the Dome Access page
to avoid disappointment.
- [Other constraints allowing] we are also happy to provide 'private tours'
on day/nights for groups outside the regular open houses.
Such groups generally are from local schools, scout toops, astronomical
societies, etc. Please e-mail us
if you wish to schedule
such a tour.
The Telescope is located in a dome
on top of the Physics Department on
the UMBC Catonsville campus.
Full directions to the campus,
then where to park, and then where to go.
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