Halifax Planetarium

planetariumThe Halifax Planetarium has a long and interesting history

The heart of the Planetarium, a Spitz Model A-1 projector dating from the 1950s on indefinite loan from the NS Museum of Natural History, has been in its current location for well over 30 years.

Although the Halifax Planetarium is not as big as others in Canada, its size is ideal for small groups (up to 30) and allows for a close interaction between the operator and the audience.

The planetarium is housed at the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science in the Sir James Dunn Building at Dalhousie University.

2009—The International Year of Astronomy—saw a major revitalization of shows at the Halifax Planetarium.  Thanks to many dedicated individuals, from many different groups, we now have a series of public shows.  These shows have been running at capacity, in some cases with a second show being added to accommodate the demand.

Planetarium Shows

We are currently running shows about every two weeks on Thursday evenings.   Public shows will be posted as events on the home page of Astronomy Nova Scotia (this site) as they are announced.

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.

We also give group shows to school classes and organised groups. Teachers, group leaders, and individuals all should contact us at planetarium AT dal DOT ca