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, New Vistas in Astronomy has provided mini-courses in Astronomy given by Ohio State and Ohio Wesleyan Astronomers. New Vistas gives residents of central Ohio an opportunity to hear about a range of topics from the history of astronomy to the latest discoveries, and to observe a variety of celestial objects with the 32-inch Schottland reflecting telescope.

All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory near Delaware Ohio.


Program Schedule for 2021

Program Date Lecturer Theme
Jan 21st Opening a Door of Knowledge by Gravitational Waves Sultana Nahar
Feb 11th Willy Fowler and the Nucleus of Carbon Jennifer Johnson
Mar 18th Legacy of The Hubble Space Telescope: Celebrating Over Three Decades of Discovery Michael Stamatikos
Apr 15th Double Trouble: Interacting Binary Stars Marc Pinsonneault
May 13th Black Holes Near and Far Todd Thompson
Jun 10th Dark Matters Annika Peter
Jul 15th The Hunt For Alien Worlds – More Than Three Decades Of Extra-Solar Planet Searches David Martin
Aug 12th Meet our New Robot Masters: The Sloan Robotic Fiber Positioning System Rick Pogge
Sep 16th Searching for Life on Other Planets Ji Wang
Oct 14th Unraveling the Mystery of Cosmic Acceleration Paul Martini
Nov 11th If I explode, what happens to my partner – couples therapy for exploding stars Christopher Kochanek
Dec 9th Our Little Home in the Vast Milky Way: What We Learn from the Nearest Stars Don Terndrup


Please note that programs and presenters may change without notice due to the unanticipated unavailability of the previously scheduled presenter.


Ticket Information

Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by purchase only. There is a limit of 80 patrons, so call and purchase your tickets in advance. For more information, please contact

Mailing address:

Perkins Observatory
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

Telephone: (740) 363-1257


Programs also 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.