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University of Maryland Observatory

Posted by on January 31, 2012

Field Trip: University of Maryland Observatory
Location: University of Maryland
College Park
Contact: 301-405-6555
Grades: K – High School


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About the Museum:

Constructed in 1963, the University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory was initially seen as an important component of the teaching and research program in the Department of Astronomy. The growing lights of the DC Metro area have rendered the Observatory virtually useless for professional research; however, the facilities continue to play an important role in the education and outreach of the Astronomy Department.

The Observatory is open to the public on the 5th and 20th of each month. It opens at 8:00pm from November through April and at 9:00 May through October.

The evening begins with a short presentation by a guestspeaker. The talk is followed by a tour of the observatory and observing if weather permits.

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