We’re the home to Newfoundland's only professional telescope, a 0.6 m (24") reflector!
While the observatory's primary functions are teaching and
modest research projects, there are frequent viewing opportunities for
the general public in the spring, summer and fall.
Information on public observing and other scheduled events can be found on the Public Events page.
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. We take reservations for a limited number of group tours in the spring, summer and early fall.
Check out the Passport to the Planets
page for an exciting program to help young people get to know the sky
and identify the planets.
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 on the upper floor hallway of the 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?
The observatory is a natural tie-in to the B.Sc. degree program in physics at the Grenfell Campus. Students in the program have an
opportunity to go beyond a basic physics degree and focus on astronomy and/or particle physics, and to participate in research
projects being carried on by Grenfell faculty and staff.