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2017 Star Parties | July–September PDF Print E-mail

Nova East Star Party  

31st year!

July 28–30, 2016

Smiley's Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

Guest speaker: Pat Kelly (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 talks focusing on several aspects of amateur astronomy, including beginners.

Come to Nova East
you’ll be blown away!

Planetarium: "King of Beasts, King of Planets" | WED 24 May PDF Print E-mail

The Halifax Planetarium at Dalhousie University presents 2 shows:

Date: * WEDNESDAY, May 24th *

Time: 7:15 pm AND 8:45 pm**

Location:   Dunn Building, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd

Presenter:  Pat Kelly

Title: The King of Beasts and the King of Planets

* Please note the change from the usual Thursday evening time slot *

The southern spring sky is dominated by the constellation of Leo the Lion and its bright star, Regulus, the Little King. Following behind Leo is the bright planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system: 1000 times larger than Earth and 300 times as massive, earning it the title of King of Planets. It will be prominent in the sky for several months. Come and learn about these objects and other wonders of the night sky.

Weather conditions permitting there will be roof-top observing after the 8:45 show.

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

Reservations Required: e-mail  planetarium AT dal DOT c

State number of adults, and the number of children aged 8 to 15.

** Preference will be given to families with children for the 7:15 pm show **

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.

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 scheduled upcoming dates are:

  • Friday, February 10 at 7pm - SOLD OUT
  • Friday, February 24 at 7pm (may be cancelled due to University break week)
  • Friday, March 10 at 8pm
  • Friday, March 24 at 9pm
  • Friday, April 14 at 9pm
  • Friday, April 28 at 9:30pm

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.