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The mission of the UM-Dearborn Observatory is to promote the understanding and advancement of astronomy for the benefit of the people of southeastern Michigan.

The Observatory's goals include:

  • Providing educational and research opportunities in astronomy to students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College
  • Promoting science literacy through K-12 Outreach Programs
  • Advancing the general knowledge of astronomy through public outreach events

Since ancient times, mankind has looked to the heavens and told stories to explain the wonders of the night sky. Astronomy tells the scientific story of the Universe, the story that seeks to explain all celestial phenomena, from the phases of the Moon and the orbits of the planets, to the birth and death of stars and the beginning and end of the Universe.

Astronomy teaches us both that we are seemingly insignificant in the vastness of space, and that with the application of human intellect we can answer some of the most fundamental questions of science - how the Universe was born, how the elements that make the Earth came to be, and whether we are alone in the Universe.

We at the UM-D Observatory believe that everyone should have a basic understanding of astronomy in order to appreciate the beauty and complexity of our Universe. Please join us as we tell our part of this amazing story.

Astronomy Students:

    This fall the Department of Natural Sciences at UM-Dearborn is offering ASTR 330 - The Cosmic Distance Scale.

    The prerequisites are MATH 114 or MATH 116 and PHYS 126 or PHYS 151. Please contact Professor Will Clarkson for more information.

Upcoming Public Events:
  • Public Viewing
    Wednesday, September 16
    9:00 - 10:30 pm
  • Public Viewing
    Wednesday, September 23
    9:00 - 10:30 pm
  • Astronomy at the Beach
    Kensington Metro Park
    Friday, September 25 and Saturday, Septmber 26
    6:00 pm - Midnight

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