Public Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

  • March 6, 2018
    Speaker: Mia Bovill, Space Telescope Science Institute
    Title: Mapping the United Federation of Planets: An Astronomer's Guide to the Galaxy
  • April 3, 2018
    Speaker: Susana Deustua, Space Telescope Science Institute
    Title: The Plumes of Europa
  • May 1, 2018
    Speaker: Andrew Fruchter, Space Telescope Science Institute
    Title: Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Frank Summers giving a lecture
Are you interested in planets, stars, galaxies, black holes?
Our free public lectures are broadcast online and may be attended in person at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD. Each month a noted scientist discusses a different cosmic topic. Lectures are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the STScI auditorium, on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.

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access to stsci:

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Steps and a slope give access to the main entrance of the building. Free parking is available during the lectures in the garage directly across the street from the STScI building. For directions, call 410-338-4700.

for the deaf and hard-of-hearing:

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An American Sign Language interpreter is available for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals with advance notice. Guests must request the interpreter at least four business days prior to the public lecture. To schedule an interpreter, call 410-338-4848 or e-mail

The Maryland Space Grant Observatory:

The Maryland Space Grant Observatory at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg Center – typically open to the public Friday evenings – will be closed for repairs from November 7, 2017 until further notice. For more information, visit The Observatory's web site or contact them at (410)-516-6525. The Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy is located at 3799 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD.