Public Outreach at Caltech
Astronomers at Caltech are keen on communicating the wonders of astronomy to you! Our events are organized by Dr. Cameron Hummels and staffed by volunteers from the Caltech Astronomy community including students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. We are engaged in several programs with local schools (PUSD and LAUSD), and we organize astronomy-themed events for the Pasadena and Los Angeles communities. You can keep updated on current and future outreach events by checking our page often or following us through our Contact Page.
If you have questions about astronomy in general, we suggest attending one of our events, or contacting Ask an Astronomer. We also have several telescopes in the Cahill Rooftop Observatory that are available for all members of the Caltech and JPL family.
Related outreach programs:
- Astronomy events at Caltech. Note that some events might be for a limited audience. Please contact the event coordinator to check if an event is open to the general public.
- JPL Education from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
- Carnegie Observatories host a number of excellent public education events throughout the year.
- Caltech outreach website and calendar.
- The Caltech Classroom Connection strives to create sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between Caltech volunteers and local educators.
- The Palomar Observatory is one of the leading astronomical observatories in the world. Located in north San Diego county, California, it is a good venue for a day visit from Pasadena. Head over to their outreach section for more details, or get updates from the Palomar Skies blog.
- The Keck Telescopes in Hawaii are among the most powerful optical telescopes in the world. Check out their outreach page for details on public lectures, class visits and field trips.
- The Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) is one of the largest university-operated radio observatories in the world. The observatory is located near Bishop, California, approximately 250 miles north of Los Angeles on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. They offer public tours of the observatory, public lecture series, and resources for educators.