Schedule of Events

Evenings Under the Stars

Free Scientific Talks followed by a Telescope Tour*!

Check this page for the schedule of events at the GMU Observatory. You can see more about an individual event by clicking on it below, or by viewing it in our calendar.

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Unless otherwise noted, expect the scientific talks to last 30 minutes and their content to be appropriate for ages 5+. An approx. hour long guided telescope tour of that night’s sky will follow the scientific talk. *Telescope tours are subject to last-minute cancellation due to weather.

Find out what is visible on any given night! Download the free software linked here and enter Fairfax, VA as the location. Then select the date and time!


Evenings Under the Stars – Fall 2017

Tour Set Primary Date Rain Date* Start Time Speaker Title (Click for details) Location Notes
1 8/28 None 7:30 PM Harold Geller1 Chasing America’s Eclipse Research 163
2 9/11 None 7:00 PM Joe Pesce1,2 Astronomy in the 21st Century Research 163
3 9/25 10/2 6:30 PM Daniel Kocevski3 How All of the Elements in the Universe Are Created Research 163
4 10/16 10/23 6:30 PM William Cannon4 The Sudbury Meteor Impact Research 163 The rain day’s talk will be held in the Hub Ballroom
5 10/30 11/6 6:00 PM Sharon Wang5 Finding Earth 2.0 Hub Rm. 3+4 The rain day’s talk will be held in Research 163
6 11/13 11/20 5:30 PM Sean Terry7 TBA Research 163
7 11/27 12/4 5:30 PM Pratik Saripalli6 TBA Research 163

All times are in US-EAST. Please take note of the talk location. You can find directions to all of our talk locations at the bottom of our Visting Page.

* Backup days are only used when the primary tour date has to be cancelled. We will announce on this page, our Facebook, and Twitter when a primary tour date has to be cancelled.

Speaker Affiliations

  1. George Mason University
  2. National Science Foundation
  3. Marshall Space Flight Center
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Carnegie Science Institute
  6. University of Maryland
  7. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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