Astronomers at Caltech are keen on communicating the wonders of astronomy to you! Our events are organized by Dr. Cameron Hummels and staffed by volunteers from the Caltech Astronomy community including students, postdocs, staff, and faculty because we are passionate about public education. Our primary activities are our monthly Stargazing Lecture Series, our monthly Astronomy on Tap events, frequent Guerilla Astronomy activities, and assisting at science fairs and conventions where we can. We are also engaged in several programs with local schools (PUSD and LAUSD). You can keep updated on current and future outreach events by checking our Upcoming Events page or following us at our various social media outlets on the web.
If you have questions about astronomy in general, we suggest attending one of our events, or contacting the wonderful resource Ask an Astronomer. We also have several telescopes in the Cahill Rooftop Observatory that are available for all members of the Caltech and JPL family.
Related outreach programs:
- Public events at Caltech.
- JPL Education from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
- Carnegie Observatories host a number of excellent public education events throughout the year.
- Activities from the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach
- The Caltech Classroom Connection strives to create sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between Caltech volunteers and local educators.
- The Palomar Observatory is one of the leading astronomical observatories in the world. Located in north San Diego county, California, they have a variety of outreach activities available for the public.
- The Keck Telescopes in Hawaii are among the most powerful optical telescopes in the world. Check out their outreach page for details on public lectures, class visits and field trips.
- The Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) is one of the largest university-operated radio observatories in the world. The observatory is located near Bishop, California, approximately 250 miles north of Los Angeles on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. They offer public tours of the observatory, public lecture series, and resources for educators.