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, this mini-course in Astronomy given central Ohioan an opportunity to hear about a range of topics from the history of astronomy to the latest discoveries by astronomers, and to observe a variety of celestial objects with the 32-inch Schottland reflecting telescope. The lectures are presented by professors and researchers at the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy.

All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory near Delaware Ohio. Admission is by subscription only.

Program Schedule for 2017

January 19

Universe through Atoms

Sultana Nahar

February 9

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Time Domain Revolution in Stellar Astrophysics

Marc Pinsonneault

March 9

Diesel Soot in Space

Chris Kochanek

April 13

Both Eyes Wide Open: The Large Binocular Telescope

Rick Pogge

May 11

Where Did the Atoms in Your Body Come From? 

David Weinberg

June 8

Primordial Harmonics: Sound Lessons from the Cosmic Microwave Bkackground

Robert Harmon, OWU

July 13

Hunting for Wild Antarctic Astro-Particles

Jordan Hanson

August 10

Total Eclipse, Total Failure: Expeditions That Didn't Go As Planned

Barbara Ryden

September 14

Seeing the Universe Through Radio Eyes

Adam Leroy

October 12

All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN)

Kris Stanek

November 9

Astronomy in the Era of Big Data and Giant Surveys

Don Terndrup

December 14

Seeing the Dark Universe with Gravitational Lensing

Ami Choi


Programs and presenters may change without notice due to unanticipated unavailability of the previously scheduled presenter.

Subscription Information

Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by subscription only. All proceeds benefit the operation of the non-profit Perkins Observatory. For more information, please contact

Perkins Observatory
P.O. Box 449
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 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.