Public Outreach

The Department of Astronomy, the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, and the Arne Slettebak Planetarium sponsor public lectures and other public outreach programs that serve the OSU community and the citizens of central Ohio. These programs are designed to educate the public about the excitement of astronomy and astrophysics through lectures, planetarium shows, telescope viewing nights, visits to schools, and other public events.


New Public Lecture Series

Image of Gravity WavesOhio State Astronomy and Astrophysics are proud to present a new public lecture series to bring the excitement of discovery or central Ohio. Please check out our web page for our exciting lineup of talks in Spring 2017!

Friends of Ohio State Astronomy & Astrophysics

We invite you to join the Friends of Ohio State Astronomy & Astrophysics for special talks and events exclusively for members. Please check out our webpage for more information about upcoming events. 

The Arne Slettebak Planetarium

Image of the Arne Slettebak Planetarium

Please visit the official Planetarium site for more information about programs at our digital planetarium located in Smith Laboratory on the OSU Columbus campus.


Telescope Observing

These are telescope viewing sessions open to all OSU students enrolled in the introductory astronomy courses during the school year. Members of the OSU community (students, staff, and their immediate families) are welcome to attend on a space-available basis with prior arrangement.  Due to space limitations, Telescope Observing Nights are not open to the general public, but we do sponsor occasional public programs during the year through OSU's Arne Slettebak Planetarium.

New Vistas in Astronomy Lecture Series

A mini-course on the Universe for the general public. The New Vistas in Astronomy Lectures are given by OSU faculty and other scientists each month at the Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio.


School and Group Visits

Bring the Astronomy Department to your classroom or group! We offer a variety of activities for schools and groups that range from talks on astronomy topics, to fun demonstrations, to complete classroom lessons. We also have a telescope lending library!