University of Maryland Observatory

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University of Maryland Observatory
General information
Status No longer used for professional research due to light of DC Metro area
Type Astronomical Teaching
Location Metzerott Road between Adelphi Road and University Blvd
University of Maryland, College Park campus
Completed 1963[1]
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]

University of Maryland Observatory
Location(s) College Park, Maryland, USA
Coordinates 39°00′06″N 76°57′24″W / 39.00167°N 76.95667°W / 39.00167; -76.95667Coordinates: 39°00′06″N 76°57′24″W / 39.00167°N 76.95667°W / 39.00167; -76.95667 39°00′6″N 76°57′24″W / 39.00167°N 76.95667°W / 39.00167; -76.95667
Altitude 53 m (174 ft)
Telescope style Astronomical Teaching telescopes
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
University of Maryland Observatory is located in the US
University of Maryland Observatory
Location of University of Maryland Observatory