The western Newfoundland campus of Memorial University is home to Newfoundland's only professional telescope, a 0.61 m (24") reflector! While its primary functions are teaching and modest research projects, there are frequent viewing opportunities for the general public in the spring, summer and fall. Details can be found on the Public Tours page.
NOTE: Due to the unusally large amount of snowfall this winter, coupled with the consistently cold temperatures,
there has been a build-up of snow and ice at the base of the dome,
which prevents us opening (or even turning) the dome. As a result, the
Spring Public Tours will be delayed until the beginning of April. We hope the ice will melt by then!
Check out the latest on the Observatory News page. The Sky Tonight page has tools and links to show you the phase of the Moon and what else is "up".
We take reservations for a limited number of group tours in the spring, summer and fall. If you are a teacher or leader of an educational group wishing a tour, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to check for availablity.
Visit our Image Gallery to see what the telescope and CCD imaging camera can produce! These are time exposure images of galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae which have been processed to reveal colours and detail not usually visible when seen through an eyepiece.
While visiting the observatory, be sure to walk through our Scale Model Solar System in the upper floor hallway of the new Arts & Science Extention. The planets (plus Pluto) have been placed on the floor at their relative distances from the Sun; can you estimate how far away the next nearest star is at this scale?
More information about the telescope and other resources at the observatory can be found through the FAQ page, the links at left or through our email: email@example.com