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 2019

Program Date Theme Lecturer
May 9th

Why do the Stars Shine?

Sultana N. Nahar, OSU

Jun 13th

Climate Change on Earth, Mars, and Venus 

Robert Harmon, OWU
Jul 11th

Hidden in Plain Sight: Illuminating the Low Surface Brightness Universe with Next Generation Wide-field Surveys

Johnny Greco, OSU 

Aug 8th

Elemental Stories

David Weinberg, OSU
Sep 12th 

Tracking Them Down - The First Modern All-sky Search for Variable Stars

Chris Kochanek, OSU

Oct 10th

Georges Lemaitre -- The Holy Father of the Big Bang

Chris Orban, OSU

Nov 14th

A Century of Eclipsing Binary Stars

Don Terndrup, OSU  

Dec 12th

Black Holes: Monsters of the Cosmos

Mike Stamatikos, OSU

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.