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.

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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 – Spring 2018

Tour Set Primary Date Rain Date* Start Time Speaker Title (Click for details) Location Notes
8 1/22 1/29 5:30 PM Brian Hicks1,2 Directly Imaged Exoplanets Research 163  We have canceled the primary tour night. The talk will be hosted rain or shine on 1/29.
9 2/5 2/12 5:30 PM Natasha Batalha3 Unveiling the Nature of Terrestrial Worlds at the Dawn of Future Space Exploration Research 163  Event postponed until 2/12.
3 2/19 2/26 6:00 PM Steve Conard3,4 New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target: Determining the Shape of 2014MU69 from the Ground Research 163  This event has been postponed until 2/26.
4 3/26 4/2 7:00 PM Leo Singer1 TBA Research 163
5 4/9 4/16 7:30 PM Ken Anderson1 The Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Mission: an Overview Research 163
6 4/23 4/30 7:30 PM Greg Redfern5 JWST – NASA’s Successor to Hubble Space Telescope (HST) 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 canceled. We will announce on this page, our Facebook, and Twitter when a primary tour date has to be canceled.

Speaker Affiliations

  1. NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
  2. University of Maryland, College Park
  3. John’s Hopkins University
  4. International Occultation Timing Association
  5. NASA JPL, Solar System Ambassador

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