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Custom Events

The Department of Astronomy’s volunteer program offers customized educational sessions using campus facilities or held on-site at your school or community organization. The program is run by graduate students and undergraduates from the Student Astronomical Society, with support from faculty and researchers. (Because of student availability, it may be difficult to schedule during the summer or outside of Ann Arbor, but we do our best!) Topics can be tailored to your time frame and interests, and include demonstrations and hands-on experiences whenever possible.

Outreach Program Topics

Here are some of the topics we’ve presented in the past. We’re always open to developing presentations tied to your interests, and our researchers and students are happy to develop sessions on their areas of expertise. Check our Research and People sections to learn about the topics our researchers are working on.

  • Planetarium Shows (evenings only at Angell Hall)
    • The Earth, the Sun, and the Seasons
    • Planetary Motions
    • Phases of the Moon
    • The Sky Tonight
    • Constellations
    • Reading Star Charts
  • Observatory Viewing (weather permitting, at Angell Hall)
    • Telescopes and Light: How We Study the Universe
    • The Sun and Solar Observing
    • The Planets in Our Solar System
  • Topics That Travel*
    • The Moon: Phases, Tides, and Exploration
    • Comparing Sizes and Distances in the Universe
    • Stars and Black Holes
    • Careers in Astronomy and Related Fields
    • History of Rockets, Space Exploration and Model Rocketry
    • What Are Constellations?
    • Measuring Light: Learning About Things You Can’t Touch

*We have a portable telescope for on-site presentations.

Please note that we do not charge for our programs; however, we gratefully accept donations from those who wish to support astronomy outreach.

To schedule an event or for more information, please fill out this form.