Upcoming Events

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 Public Open Houses is here.

The scheduled upcoming dates are:

  • Friday, October 14 at 9pm
  • Friday, October 28 - cancelled due to staff vacation
  • Friday, November 11 - cancelled due to Remembrance Day holiday
  • Friday, November 25 at 7pm
  • Friday, December 9 at 7pm
  • Friday, December 23 - cancelled due to holiday closure

Reserve tickets here (please read carefully the information at the top of that page).

We understand the frustration you may have in trying to get tickets, but we do not have a lot of clear nights in Halifax, can only accommodate about 24 people (and provide a good experience), and we do not have the volunteer or staff resources to schedule events more than twice a month for most of the year and weekly June to September.

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.
Planetarium: Constellations of the Zodiac | Thu 13 Oct PDF Print E-mail

Time:       Thursday, October 13th at 7:15 pm
Location:   Rm. 120, Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd
Presenter:  Dan Arsenault
Title:       "Constellations of the Zodiac"

The sky is home to many constellations and perhaps most talked about are those of the Zodiac. Come to the Halifax Planetarium and learn what it means to “have a sign”, what makes zodiacal constellations so special, and see what other constellations are visible at this time of year.

Admission:  $5 (at the door); reductions for families (min age 8 years)
Reservations Required: e-mail  planetarium AT dal DOT ca
State number of adults and children (8-15)

The Show is about an hour long. Full details will be sent before the Show.
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 consider visiting the Discovery Centre for age-appropriate shows in their Digitarium.

International Observe the Moon Night | Sat 8 Oct PDF Print E-mail

International Observe the Moon Night: Saturday, 8 October




1. Halifax, Bishop's Landing, on the waterfront

Hosts: Paul Heath and other RASCals

6:30 p.m. until late

Cloud date: Sunday, 9 October


2. Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal

Hosts: Melody and Bruce Hamilton
6:30 p.m. on...

3.  Waterfront Park, Liverpool

Hosted by Wayne Mansfield and the Queens County Astronomy Group
6:00 p.m. until late



Free maps and other cool stuff!

Top Ten ways the Moon affects us

For general information visit the InOMN web page.

Keshen Goodman Bio-Astronomy Talks | Wed 21 Sep & 5 Oct PDF Print E-mail


Lacewood Drive, Halifax
Rob Thacker:    "Aliens—Where Are They?"
Wednesday, September 21 @ 7 pm
When it comes to movies, aliens are everywhere. Where it comes to real life, we've not heard a peep. So where are they? How many might be out there? How could we detect them? Astronomers and astrobiologists have thought about these questions for decades, and today we stand at the edge of making some major advances forward. In this fun and thought provoking talk I'll take a look at how we can scientifically go about searching for life on other planets and estimate how likely we are to find something.
Patrick Kelly: "Finding Exo-Planets"
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 pm

 Most science fiction relies on planets: Totoonie and Alderaan in Star Wars; Vulcan, Bajor, and Cardassia in Star Trek; Caprica (and the mythical planet "Earth") in Battlestar Galactica. For most of human history, the existence of other planets was either a speculation or a hypothetical reality but with no way to prove they existed. The last 15 years have seen incredible advances that now allow several methods for the detection of planets around other stars. This talk will explain some of these methods, the results, and show how you can keep track of the 700+ planets discovered so far. And yes, "There's an app for that"!