Welcome to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Observatory

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.

Upcoming Public Events:
  • Monday, April 10
    9:00 - 10:00 pm
    Public Viewing
  • Monday, April 17
    9:00 - 10:00 pm
    Public Viewing

The schedule for the Hammond Planetarium at Henry Ford College can be found here.

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