New Vistas in Astronomy Lecture Series

If you have ever looked up at the stars and marveled at the vastness and beauty of the Universe, then "New Vistas in Astronomy" is for you.

Since 1997, this mini-course in Astronomy given central Ohioan an opportunity to hear about a range of topics from the history of astronomy to the latest discoveries by astronomers, and to observe a variety of celestial objects with the 32-inch Schottland reflecting telescope. The lectures are presented by professors and researchers at the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy.

All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory near Delaware Ohio. Admission is by subscription only.

Program Schedule for 2016

January 14

The Mysteries of Globular Clusters

Jennifer Johnson

February 11

The Multiverse and Other Unscientific Ideas

Don Terndrup

March 10

Pluto Up Close (But Still Not a Planet, Though)

Rick Pogge

April 14

Little Telescopes That Find Big Planets

Scott Gaudi

May 12

Peering into the Darkest Places in the Universe with Radio Telescopes

Adam Leroy

June 16


Robert Harmon, OWU

July 21

Dark Cosmos: Copernicus Unbound

Mike Stamatikos

August 11

Experimental Particle Astrophysics in Antarctica

Jordan Hanson

September 8

Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death: The Year Without a Summer

Barbara Ryden

October 20

High Energy Neutrinos: Ghosts from Beyond the Solar System

Mauricio Bustamante

November 10

Study of Astronomy through Atoms

Sultana Nahar

December 8

Three Ways the Sun Could Destroy Us

Paul Martini


Programs and presenters may change without notice due to unanticipated unavailability of the previously scheduled presenter.

Subscription Information

Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by subscription only. All proceeds benefit the operation of the non-profit Perkins Observatory. For more information, please contact

Perkins Observatory
P.O. Box 449
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 740 363 1257

Programs include views of various celestial objects through the main observatory telescope, weather permitting.

These programs are designed primarily for an adult audience; however children 8 years of age or older will be admitted provided that each child is accompanied by an adult.

Programs will be held rain or shine, so refunds on tickets are not possible, and single-night tickets are only for the date specified.

Directions to Perkins

The Perkins Observatory is located on U.S. Route 23, four miles south of Delaware and 12 miles north of the I-270 Columbus beltway. The Perkins driveway is on the left if you are driving south on Rt. 23, and on the right if you are driving north.