Public Outreach

Do you ever wonder if there is life on other planets? Or what would happen near a black hole? Or about the fate of the universe? Astronomers and astrophysicists at The Ohio State University answer these and many other questions through public lectures, planetarium shows, telescope viewing nights, visits to schools, and other public events.

Our programs are sponsored by Ohio State Astronomy & Astrophysics, which collectively refers to the Department of Astronomy, the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, and the Arne Slettebak Planetarium

Public Lecture Series

Image of Gravity WavesOhio State Astronomy and Astrophysics is proud to present our public lecture series to bring the excitement of discovery to central Ohio. Please check out our web page for our exciting lineup of talks for this fall! 

Friends of Ohio State Astronomy & Astrophysics

The Friends of Ohio State Astronomy & Astrophysics are supporters of our public outreach, education, and research missions. We invite you to join the Friends of Ohio State Astronomy & Astrophysics to stay informed about upcoming lectures and special events exclusively for members. Please check out our webpage for more information. 

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! 


Space Radio

Every week astrophysicist Paul Sutter takes your questions about all things science with Space Radio on WCBE 90.5FM. Shows are recorded Thursdays at 4pm and air Saturdays at 2pm, in addition to livestreaming on Facebook and YouTube. Episodes are also available as podcast downloads. Visit the show website for more info!