Space | Science | Technology
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Goddard Visitor Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
The Visitor Center at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center offers a unique destination that provides valuable inspirational and educational experiences for all ages. We provide many unique programs, special events and presentations that highlight Goddard’s Earth and Space Science, engineering and technology work, and we demonstrate what is current and unique about Goddard and NASA through exciting interactive experiences for the public. Come visit us to hear lectures, see exciting model rocket launches, and participate in one of our fun filled children’s programs. We offer something for every one. Call for hours. Visits are free of charge and self-guided visits are always welcome. Educational groups are encouraged to schedule a visit program with our staff.
Howard B. Owens Science Center
9601 Greenbelt Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706
The Howard B. Owens Science Center is a public school facility dedicated to the promotion of science education and enrichment. Many programs are open to the general public. The facility includes a Challenger Learning Center, a nature trail, and a reptile center. The planetarium is open to the public on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. when schools are in session. Various taped and live shows are presented during the year. The planetarium is the largest in the state of Maryland and one of the most sophisticated as well. Its size and features enables presentation of planetarium shows the equal of those seen at planetariums in major cities. Call for information, hours and upcoming programs open to the public.
University of Maryland Observatory
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Constructed in 1963, the University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory was initially seen as an important component of the teaching and research program in the Department of Astronomy. Public programs were started almost immediately to bring the excitement of astronomy to the University community and the general public. The Observatory hosts public nights or “Open Houses” on the 5th and the 20th of every month (8pm Nov-Apr, 9pm May-Oct). On Open House evenings a guest speaker gives an approximately 25-30 minute talk about a topic in astronomy. The presentation is followed by viewing of celestial objects through the observatory’s telescopes, weather permitting. Open Houses are attended by more than 2500 visitors each year and are open (free!) to the general public.