University of Maryland Observatory

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University of Maryland, College Park campus
University of Maryland Observatory
Use Astronomical Teaching
Style N/A
Erected 1963[1]
Location Metzerott Road between Adelphi Road and University Blvd
Namesake N/A
Architect N/A
Trivia No longer used for professional research due to light of DC Metro area
Website Observatory Website

University of Maryland Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of Maryland, College Park. It is located in College Park, Maryland, USA. The Observatory hosts free open houses for the public twice a month, where visitors receive a lecture and access to three of the Observatory's telescopes. The open houses begin at 9 PM from May to October, and at 8 PM from November to April.[2] The Washington Post named the Observatory open houses one of its seven favorite weekend excursions to do in the Washington metropolitan area in 2009.[3]


Location College Park, Maryland, USA
Coordinates 39°00′6″N 76°57′24″W / 39.00167°N 76.95667°W / 39.00167; -76.95667
Altitude 53 meters
NASA Refractor 8 inch refractor
Astro-Physics Refractor 7 inch refractor
Celestron Reflector 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector
Eichner Reflector 20 inch Bent Cassegrain reflector

Coordinates: 39°00′06″N 76°57′24″W / 39.00167°N 76.95667°W / 39.00167; -76.95667