Curious about telescopes? Come by our observatory to learn about the different kinds of telescopes and how they work. If we have clear skies we’ll do some daytime viewing and have a look at the Sun and Moon. You’ll also learn how to use a planisphere (star chart) and we’ll share some of our favourite stargazing apps that you can use at home.
Select from one of four time slots (11:00am, 11:45am, 12:45pm or 1:30pm) to claim a spot. By registering for a time slot you are permitted to bring a group with a maximum of 5 people to the event.
We will be hosting 2 groups during each time slot and it will take approximately 40 minutes to complete the activities.
Tickets are by donation, with a recommended value of $10 per person in each group.
This event is recommended ages 8+ .
The program will take place rain or shine and you will be walking across the grass. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
Using the telescopes to view to skies is weather dependent as overcast skies limit visibility.
This is a family program – children must be accompanied by adults.
Activities will begin promptly at their scheduled times. Please arrive early to allow time for check-in.
The safety of all visitors and staff is our priority. We want to welcome you in a safe and comfortable environment. We hope that you will enjoy being back at the Centre and reconnecting with our programs and activities. We ask that you review our ticketing and crowd management plan before the event (available for download here).
Create your own star finder (planisphere): Download instructions here.
Our favourite stargazing apps:
Night Sky (good for all ages, especially when showing planets and constellations; provides notifications and locations for ISS flyovers and Iridium flares)
SkyView (paid and free versions available)
SkyView Lite (great for kids)
Sky Guide (great for iOS)
This event is now SOLD OUT.