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Bridgewater Night Sky Presentation | Thu 28 Jul PDF Print E-mail

What can you see when you look in the night sky?


Margaret Hennigar Public Library

 135 North Park St, Bridgewater, NS

Thursday, 28 July 7:30 p.m.


Milky WayWhat you see in the night sky depends both on how well you can use your eyes to observe and how well you can navigate your way around the night sky. With his special equipment to display images of the sky that are faint (a magic lantern!) Tony Schellinck will train you to see faint fuzzies such as galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters and open clusters in the sky. Once you have learned to see properly, we will take a journey through the summer night sky using the signposts that point to the more interesting but sometimes elusive deep sky objects. With practice, most can be observed with binoculars so please bring along a pair if you have them and after the show we will go outside and find some of those objects in the sky if it is clear.  We will have a limited supply at the door if you cannot bring any.

The presentation will be followed at 9pm by outdoor viewing (weather permitting).

Children over the age of ten please. Please arrive early as the doors must remain closed once the show begins.

Tony Schellinck is an amateur astronomer who has an observatory in Port Mouton outside Liverpool from which he photographs the stars for use in this show. Tony has been a presenter at the Halifax Planetarium located at Dalhousie University for the last several years, putting on shows three times a year there. He has also presented at Halifax libraries, the Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend, and the Astor Theatre in Liverpool. As well he puts on plays related to astronomy at the Hal-Con convention in Halifax.

He’ll be joined by Jerry Deveau who enjoyed the dark skies of Digby County as a youth and who now delights in showing off the wonders in the sky to all who will listen.  He now calls Conquerall Mills home and has presented at Kejimkujik Park, public libraries, youth groups, and schools."


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
  • 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.