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Seniors' College @ Woodlawn Library: Astronomy | Fridays PDF Print E-mail


with Dr. Gary Welch, Emeritus Professor, SMU

Woodlawn Library

Fridays | 1:30–3:30 p.m. | 10 weeks beginning February 5

Organized by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia

Register here

Liverpool: "The Winter Sky: Tales of Passion, Skulduggery, and Heroics" | Wed 10 Feb PDF Print E-mail

The Winter Sky: Tales of Passion, Skulduggery, and Heroics.

Place: Astor Theatre, Liverpool Nova Scotia
Time: Wednesday February 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $5/$10 Family
star cluster
The ancient Greeks and Romans often recounted the adventures of their gods.  Knowing these stories will help you find the constellations in the winter night sky. Many of these constellations hide deep sky objects (DSOs) that you can see with binoculars. Tony Schellinck invites you to hear these stories, to view the constellations and asterisms and to find nebula, galaxies, and open clusters among the stars. If you wish, you can bring a pair of binoculars to practice looking for these objects during the show. If you don’t have any binoculars we will have a supply at the theatre to share among the audience. This presentation is not recommended for young children because of the content of the stories. The show will last approximately an hour. If the sky is clear and the temperature tolerable we will go to St. Gregory’s Church overflow parking (350 metre walk or drive) to find the constellations and the DSOs using binoculars. All proceeds go to the Astor Theatre.



RASC Halifax Meeting "Tweet Yourself to an Astrophoto" | Fri 19 Feb PDF Print E-mail

RASC Halifax Centre February 2016 Meeting 

"Tweet Yourself to an Astrophoto"


"You Too can Use a 0.6-m Planewave CDK (or Celestron 14) Telescope for Imaging"


Dave VIII Lane (Director, Burke-Gaffney Observatory and Abbey Ridge Observatory)


Friday 19th February 20167:30 p.m.

Saint Mary's University—Sobey Building, Room AT101  (Map)


In this presentation, Dave VIII will describe the development of, usage, and future plans for the world's first (Burke-Gaffney Observatory) and world's second (Abbey Ridge Observatory) social-media-controlled observatory.

As in the past, we will be treated to a number of recent images our members have taken, a "What's Up," as well as announcements.

And, of course, refreshments and social time will follow.

See you there!

Mark your Calendars: The February meeting date is February 19, 2016.




Planetarium: "Love is in the Stars" | Feb 11 & 18 PDF Print E-mail
 Title:  Love is in the starsValentine Nebula

Presenter:  Tony Schellinck

Date:  Thursday, February 11th and 18th  at 7:15 pm

Rm. 120, Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd

The first soap opera was not aired on radio or TV, but was displayed in the night sky. The Greeks and Romans created a drama of the gods, the main characters are visible each clear night and the show has had a run of over two thousand years! Come to the planetarium to catch up on the love life and shenanigans of the gods, while learning about the night sky. It will make your nights under the stars far more entertaining.  Rated PG13"

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, February 12 at 7pm
  • Friday, February 26 at 7pm
  • Friday, March 11 at 7pm
  • Friday, March 26 - cancelled (Good Friday)
  • Friday, April 8 at 9pm
  • Friday, April 22 at 9pm

Due to limited space, free tickets must be reserved online. Tickets for upcoming Public Open Houses are usually made available on the day of the next 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 day 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 groups of people. Details are here.