Upcoming Events

Planetarium: "Journey to the Centre of Our Galaxy" | Thu 7 & 21 Jul PDF Print E-mail


Dalhousie University

Thursday, July 7th & 21st, each at 7:15 p.m.
Rm. 120, Dunn Bldg, 6310 Coburg Rd

Presenter: Tony Schellinck

"Journey to the Centre of Our Galaxy"

Clear summer nights are the best for a journey of 25,000 light years to the centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Come and learn about our galaxy and the incredible sights we can see along the way to its core. Armed with only binocular you will be able to re-explore this path at leisure. You will not view the night-sky the same way again!

Admission:  $5 (at the door); reductions for families (minimum 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 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, July 1 (cancelled - holiday)
  • Friday, July 8 at 10pm
  • Friday, July 15 at 10pm
  • Friday, July 22 at 10pm
  • Friday, July 29 at 10pm

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.