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UMBC Observatory Open House: Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

July 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

rendered image of the planets Mars, Jupiter and SaturnDid you know that UMBC’s Observatory has one of the largest optical telescopes east of the Mississippi? Ever wanted to see it up close, but didn’t know how? This summer, the UMBC community is invited to attend several Observatory Open House events. You’ll have a chance to visit the control room for the telescope and the dome to see the telescope itself, followed by a lively discussion about the universe. Depending on the weather and sky conditions, the dome of the telescope may open for astronomical observations. The Observatory will be open to the public on July 14 and August 4. Light refreshments will be served.

On July 14, hear about the latest theories and ideas Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, and finally on August 4, explore the Milky Way.

Please Note: The telescope is located in a dome on top of UMBC’s Physics Building. Access to the dome involves climbing & descending two ladders, which may be a challenge to some visitors, including children under 5 years old, and people with physical disabilities. Please refer to the Dome Access page for more details.

All events are free and open to the public; however, due to limited capacity advanced registration is required for in-person events.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To request accessibility accommodations, please contact us.



July 14
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm