Upcoming Events


White Point—"Stars & Smores" under the Sturgeon Moon | Sun 26 Aug PDF Print E-mail

"Stars and Smores" under the Sturgeon Moon

White Point Lodge, NS

Sunday, August 26, 2018

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 

(The Mi'kmaq of NS call this the "Berry Ripening" Moon*)


Tony Schellinck will be giving a talk on the “Legends Behind the Constellations” and if the sky is clear he will give a tour of the night sky and we will observe the moon and planets. The public is welcome to attend.

 

*For more information on Mi'kmaw Moons, see www.facebook.com/www.MikmawMoons

 

 


 
 
Planetarium: "Journey to the Centre of Our Galaxy"| Thu 16 & 30 Aug PDF Print E-mail
Time: Thursday,  August 16th & 30th. at 7:15 pm
Location:  Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie U., 6310 Coburg Rd
Presenter: Tony Schellinck
Title: "Journey to the Centre of Our Galaxy"

Clear summer nights are the best for a journey of 25,000 light years to thecentre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Come and learn about our galaxy and the incredible sights we can see along the way to its core. Armed with only a binocular you will be able to re-explore this path at leisure. You will not view the night-sky the same way again!
 
Admission: $5 (at the door); reductions for families (minimum age 8 years)

Reservations are required. To reserve seats, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating show date, number of adults, and number of children (8–15). The show is about an hour long.

Full details will be sent in advance. Please do not be late; no admission after the door closes.

Please note that shows are most suitable for ages 8 and up; for younger children, please ask the Discovery Centre about age-appropriate shows in their new Immersive Theatre.
 
 
Lunenburg—Free Astromomy Talk: Seeing is Believing | Tue 4 Sep PDF Print E-mail

Seeing is Believing:

How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know

 

speaker: Tony Schellinck

 

Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

Tuesday, 4 September at 7 p.m.

 

FREE (limited seating)

 

 
 

The Senior’s College of Nova Scotia (SCANS) is providing a public lecture, “Seeing is Believing: How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know” which will be given on Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Information will be provided concerning SCANS and the courses it offers. Admission is free but seating is limited.  

On a cool November evening in 1609 Galileo Galilei raised his newly constructed telescope to the sky and changed forever the way humankind views of the universe. The technology had been around for centuries, spectacles having been invented over three centuries earlier. However, looking through a small tube with a lens at either end changed humankind's understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. From then on, each generation would have its own amazing Galileo moments as the technical capabilities for scanning the universe improved. Tony Schellinck will describe the beginnings of this journey of discovery, both in terms of the telescope’s evolution over time and the impacts it has had on our understanding of the cosmos.

Tony Schellinck is an amateur astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a keen observer of the night sky.  He has lectured about astronomy around the province and loves taking people out to view the constellations and stars at night.  He is a popular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium. His goal is to have people appreciate the significance of what they see when they look through small telescopes.

 
 

 
Keji Dark Sky Weekend 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Kej Dark Sky Weekend 2018

August 17–19

Join Parks Canada and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and learn more about the stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies in the night sky!

In order to view objects like galaxies, planets, the Milky Way, star clusters and other sky wonders, it takes 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark. Please use a red light when joining us at the Sky Circle, so we can all enjoy the fall sky in its infinite beauty.

Friday, August 17

2pm to 4pm at the Visitor Centre: Meet Keji staff and RASC amateur astronomers to find out about the activities planned for the weekend. See sunspots and prominences with safely filtered telescopes!

4pm at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1): “Walk the Solar System” family program with Paul Heath of RASC. Learn about planets in our solar system!

9pm to Midnight at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1): Join the astronomers from RASC and learn and see the Moon and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars through telescopes. When it is dark, enjoy a guided tour of the sky. Limited parking! Please walk!

9:30pm-11pm at Jakes Landing: Mersey Lantern Flotilla. Brighten up your night with this relaxing lantern-lit flotilla under dark skies. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from Whynot Adventure. The lanterns will be provided. If renting, please rent from Whynot Adventure before 8:30pm.

Saturday, August 18

1pm-4pm at the Merrymakedge canteen (P4): Astronomy Drop-in! Ask-an-astronomer, learn to use a StarFinder and how to photograph nightscapes, telescope clinic (bring in your own telescopes for tips), and solar viewing!

8:00 pm at the Visitor Center: Keynote presentation by amateur astronomer Kathryn Gray of Saint Mary’s University: “How I Discovered a Supernova”. A 6” reflector telescope (courtesy of Atlantic Photo Supply) and astronomy books by John A. Read will be yours to win! Enter by attending the presentation, the prizes will be drawn at the end.


9pm to Midnight at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1): Join the astronomers from RASC and learn and see the Moon and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars through telescopes. When it is dark, enjoy a guided tour of the sky. Limited parking! Please walk!

10pm at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1): Your Guides to the Galaxy: Delve into distant celestial bodies and learn about planets, stars, constellations, distant galaxies and more! This will be followed by public observing with RASC telescopes, weather permitting. Limited Parking! Please walk!

Sunday, August 19

9 pm at Merrymakedege Beach (P4): Drop-in public observing with RASC telescopes weather permitting. Join the astronomers from RASC to observe the Moon and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars through telescopes. When it is dark, enjoy a guided tour of the sky. Please inquire at the Visitor Centre anytime after 12pm on the day of to confirm if the activity will happen.
 
Burke-Gaffney Observatory Public Open Houses - Friday Nights PDF Print E-mail

Join us for a peek through the telescope at Saint Mary's University's Burke-Gaffney Observatory.

Detailed information about our FREE Public Open Houses is here.

The list of upcoming open houses and how to reserve tickets is here.

Any other information can be obtained by contacting Dave Lane, Observatory Director.


We also offer private tours for organized groups of people. Details are here.