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Michigan Astronomy Outreach Program


The Astronomy Outreach program is a volunteer effort by members of the Department of Astronomy to raise public awareness of astronomy.

We have excellent facilities on campus, including a 25 seat planetarium and a 16 inch telescope. Some of our volunteers are also able to travel to your location. Demonstrations and hands-on experiences are included as much as possible, and we often have pictures of some of the latest astronomical discoveries. We are happy to work with youth or community groups as well as schools.

For younger students we suggest that volunteers come to you, as the observatory environment is not appropriate for early elementary students.

We cannot do planetarium shows during the day when the Natural History Museum is also running shows. We can however coordinate with them if your group does want a daytime planetarium show.

Contact Information

Shannon Murphy

Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan
830 Dennison
500 Church st.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042

Phone: (734) 764-3440
E-mail: aquilla@umich.edu

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Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

Literature, Science & the Arts

Sponsoring Department(s)

Department of Astronomy

Program Available to these Counties


Program Available to these Cities

Ann Arbor

Subject Area(s)

Continuing & Community, Education: Higher Ed, Middle and High School (7-12), Science & Research, Teacher Education / Resources