Over 40 years of Astronomy Open Night!

Stony Brook Open Nights started in Fall of 1973 with talks given for the arrival of Comet Kohoutek. 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 2014
Sept 5, 2014 Prof. Tim Glotch Science and Exploration of the Moon enabled by Stony Brook's RIS4E Team
Celebrating International Observe the Moon Night
Oct 3, 2014 Prof. Fred Walter Habitable Planets: Hype or Hope?
Oct 31, 2014 Prof. Rosalba Perna Cosmic Explosions
Dec 5, 2014 Adam Jacobs(Super)computing the Stars
Spring 2015
Feb 6, 2015 Prof. Doug Swesty TBA
Mar 6, 2015 Prof. Glenda Denicoló TBA
Apr 3, 2015 Prof. Neelima Sehgal TBA
May 8, 2015 Prof. Michael Zingale Harnessing the Power of the Sun: The Challenges of Terrestrial Fusion

 

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.