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The Night Sky According to Star Trek | Tue 6 Sep PDF Print E-mail

The Night Sky According to Star Trek: Where Empires Exist

September 6, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax


Klingon EmpireStarfleet cadets, both earthlings and aliens, are invited to attend the Starfleet Academy Astronomy 101 class presented by the eminent Dr. Strangelove II. This will be a holodeck presentation reliving the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek in Canada, as celebrated in Halifax in 2016. Special guest lecturers include the much decorated Romulan, Commander Toreth, the greatly feared Klingon commander of a bird of prey, Commander Q’LuA and a surprise personage of great importance from the Gamma Quadrant. Dr. Strangelove and his guests will be presenting the night sky as seen from earth. After a quick review of how to find constellations in Earth’s night sky, the guests will show cadets how to find the most significant empires (even the Ferengi Alliance) in earth’s night sky and what interesting deep sky objects can be found near them. Cadets will never view the night sky the same again. Be warned that anything can happen when these former enemies are put together. Audience cosplay encouraged.

Nova East Star Party | Aug 26–28 PDF Print E-mail

Nova East Star Party  

30th year!

August 26–28, 2016

Smiley's Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

Guest speaker: Prof. Roy Bishop (life-long amateur astronomer)

It’s that time again; your Nova East Committee has been hard at work planning for this year’s event.  The agenda is now up on the Nova East web site as well as the registration form.  


We also are planning quite a few workshops focusing on several aspects of amateur astronomy, focussing on visual observing.
There will be a registrants' BBQ and an swap meet where you might be able to pick up (or get rid of) some astro treasures.
Come to Nova East
you’ll be blown away!

Planetarium: "Downtown Milky Way" | Thu 11 Aug & 1 Sep PDF Print E-mail


Dalhousie University

Time:        Thursday, August 11th and September 1st

                each at 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

Location:   Rm. 120, Dunn Bldg, 6310 Coburg Road

Presenter:  Patrick Kelly
Title:        "Downtown Milky Way"

Come and learn the basic constellations that can be seen at this time of year. You will also learn about the galaxy in which we live, the Milky Way. Our sun is just one of about 300 billion stars that compose the Milky Way. We are located out in the suburbs… if an alien asked you which way it was to downtown, could you direct them? You will after this show!

Admission:  $5 (at the door); reductions for families (minimum age 8 years)

Families with children are given preference for the 7:15 shows

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 and time, number of adults, and number of children (8–15). The show is about an hour long. Full details will be sent in advance.


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 Digitarium.

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, August 5 at 9:30pm
  • Friday, August 12 at 9:30pm
  • Friday, August 19 at 9pm cancelled - staff vacation
  • Friday, August 26 at 9pm

Due to limited space, free tickets must be reserved online. Tickets for the next Public Open Houses are usually made available at approximately 1pm on the Monday following a scheduled open house. When an open house is cancelled due to bad weather, this gives a better chance for existing ticket holders to re-book. Recent experience is that all tickets are gone within a few hours of being available!

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.