The UMBC Telescope is open for public viewing on the first Thursday of every month. In case of inclement weather, the “rain-date” is the second Thursday of the month.
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 and encouraged throughout the entire evening. In addition, observations of specific objects may be requested in advance, and performed (assuming they are technically feasible).
- The Telescope is located in a dome on top of the Physics Building on the UMBC campus. Access to the dome involves 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 troops, astronomical societies, etc. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com if you wish to schedule such a tour.
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