Celebrating 40 years of Astronomy Open Night!

Stony Brook Open Nights started in Fall of 1973 with talks given for the arrival of Comet Kohoutek. As a special treat for the 40th anniversary, we've arranged for Comet ISON to fly by the Sun this Fall. Stay tuned for an exciting semester of Astronomy Open Nights!

All lectures begin at 7:30 pm in ESS 001. Observing through the rooftop telescope follows the lecture.

Fall 2013
Oct 4, 2013 Prof. James LattimerNew Discoveries About Neutron Stars
Nov 1, 2013 Prof. Alan CalderThe Visit of Comet ISON
Dec 6, 2013 Prof. Rouven EssigThe Hunt for Dark Matter

Spring 2014
Feb 7, 2014Mr. Rahul PatelLooking For Solar System 2.0 By Studying Extra Solar Debris Disks
Mar 7, 2014Prof. Michal SimonTime Domain Astronomy
Apr 4, 2014Dr. Alexander Van EngelenThe History and Evolution of the Universe
May 2, 2014Prof. Michael ZingaleSolar Storms and the Threat to Earth


Astronomy Open Night Archive


Briefly, here's what we do:

During the academic year the Astronomy Program offers a series of lectures by research faculty on various aspects of Astronomy, most commonly on their own research or some topic of public interest. The lectures are held in Lecture Room 001 (ground floor) of the Earth and Space Sciences Building the first Friday of every month at 7:30 pm. Weather permitting, viewing using the University's telescopes on the roof of the ESS building will follow the lectures.

The lectures are free—at that price, we do not guarantee the weather—but are not held during periods the University is in recess: January, June, July and August. For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list (postal or e-mail) contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (631) 632-8100, or send e-mail to Nathan Leoce-Schappin.

Do try to be a little early if you can. The increasing popularity of this series has seen the lecture hall full on occasion. (And when there's a comet, you can't buy a seat). Some disability-related accommodations are available. Call the Department at the number above before 4 pm to warn us of your requirements. If you are not sure how to get here there are directions and campus maps to help. The schedule is available (above) along with short abstracts of the talks and biographic information about the speakers. We try to have the abstracts up at least three weeks before each talk and the calendar up a month before the semester starts.

Teachers take note: It may be possible to get in-service credit for any or all these lectures.