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Planetarium: "The Christmas Star—Fact or Fiction? | Thu Dec 21 PDF Print E-mail
Xmas star


The Halifax Planetarium at Dalhousie University presents its ever-popular Christmas Star show:

"The Christmas Star—Fact or Fiction?" by Quinn Smith
Thursday December 21st at 7:15 pm** and 8:45 pm
Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd

Did the Christmas Star really exist, and if so what was it? Explore the night sky over Bethlehem around 2,000 years ago.

Weather conditions permitting, there will be rooftop observing after each show.

Admission:  $5 (at the door); reductions for families (min. age 8 years)
Follow the instructions and specify your show time.


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

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.


Please 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.

Daytime Astronomy Course in Halifax and Truro | 31 Jan PDF Print E-mail

Daytime Course: A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky


Photo: Tony Schellinck,  NGC 253, the Silver Dollar Galaxy


This is one of many courses offered to seniors (50 years and older) by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Go to theSCANS.org

to join and/or register for this and other courses.

Location: Halifax and Truro (see above for details)

starts January 31 (6 weeks)

After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what objects there are to see in the night sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the weather cooperates we will have a couple of nights when we will put into practice what we learned in class.Students are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars to each class in order to practice observing with them in class.  

Your Instructor: Tony Schellinck

Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer. A former Dalhousie professor, he knows that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it. He therefore participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne where he shows people how to observe the night sky using binoculars.

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 list of upcoming open houses and how to reserve tickets is here.

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.