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 2020

Program Date Lecturer Theme
Jan 23rd Sultana Nahar Extraterrestrial lives: Phosphorus
Feb 13th Don Terndrup Why do people believe crazy things about the universe?   
Mar 12th Scott Gaudi The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory
Apr 9th Jennifer Johnson Willy Fowler & the Nucleus of Carbon
May 14th On hold  
Jun 11th On hold  
Jul 16th On hold  
Aug 13th On hold  
Sep 10th On hold  
Oct 8th On hold  
Nov 12th On hold  
Dec 10th On hold  

Note: Programs and presenters may change without notice due to 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 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.