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Planetarium: Signposts in the Sky | Thu 25 Jan PDF Print E-mail
Show Title: "Signposts in the Sky" by Quinn Smith
 
Thursday January 25th at 7:15 pm

Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd

Finding your way around the night sky can seem like a daunting task, but with a little help, and a few signposts it's easier than you might think. Join us at the Halifax Planetarium at Dalhousie University for a evening of star gazing and discovery.

Admission:  $5 (at the door); reductions for families (min. 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.

Weather conditions permitting, there will be rooftop observing after 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 ask the Discovery Centre about age-appropriate shows in their new Immersive Theatre.

 
Planetarium: Love is in the Stars | Thu 8 and 15 Feb PDF Print E-mail
Time: Thursday, February 8th and 15th  at 7:15 pm
Location:  Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd
Presenter: Tony Schellinck
Title: "Love is in the Stars"

The first soap opera was not aired on radio or TV, but was displayed in the night sky. The Greeks and Romans created a drama of the gods, the main characters are visible each clear night and the show has had a run of over two thousand years! Come to the planetarium to catch up on the love life and shenanigans of the gods, while learning about the night sky. It will make your nights under the stars far more entertaining.  Rated PG13.

Admission: $5 (at the door); reductions for families (Note: No children under 13 for this show)

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 (13–15). 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.

Weather conditions permitting, there will be rooftop observing after 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 ask the Discovery Centre about age-appropriate shows in their new Immersive Theatre.
 
Daytime Astronomy Course in Halifax and Truro | 31 Jan PDF Print E-mail

Daytime Course: A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky

 

Photo: Tony Schellinck,  NGC 253, the Silver Dollar Galaxy
 

 

This is one of many courses offered to seniors (50 years and older) by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Go to theSCANS.org to join and/or register for this and other courses. HOWEVER, FOR THE HALIFAX CLASS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES MAY ATTEND!
 

Location: Halifax and Truro (see below for details)

starts January 31 (6 weeks)

 

After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what objects there are to see in the night sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the weather cooperates we will have a couple of nights when we will put into practice what we learned in class.Students are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars to each class in order to practice observing with them in class. 

More Details

 

The Halifax class is offered in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries, and half the 100 seats in the Woodlawn branch auditorium are available to the public. Anyone twelve or older interested in learning to observe deep sky objects with binoculars is welcome to attend the classes. You may attend as many classes as you like at any point in the course. Tony would be thrilled if the room was filled with interested students of all ages! If we get a chance to go on a field trip for an evening of night sky viewing with binoculars and telescopes then the public is invited to come along as well.

IF YOU HAVE A PAIR OF BINOCULARS AT HOME PLEASE BRING THEM TO EACH CLASS SO THAT YOU CAN PRACTICE USING THEM DURING THE CLASS.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PAIR THEN I HAVE SEVERAL PAIR TO LEND OUT DURING THE CLASS.

Halifax Class
Woodlawn Public Library, 31 Eisener Boulevard, Dartmouth ‡ [location]
Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (6 weeks) - Begins January 31, ends March 7

Truro Class
Edinburgh Hall, Parkland Truro, 356 Young Street, Truro [location]
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (6 weeks) - Begins January 31, ends March 7

 

Your Instructor: Tony Schellinck


Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer. A former Dalhousie professor, he knows that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it. He therefore participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne where he shows people how to observe the night sky using binoculars.

 


 
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.