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For the Community

​​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.

dome2_crop.jpgThere are no public observing opportunites scheduled for this July. Future events will be posted on the Public Events page.

If you are a teacher or leader of an educational group wishing a tour, contact us at 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.


Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: 4th Floor, Arts and Science Building
Phone: (709) 637-6292