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Welcome to the grenfell Campus Observatory

Grenfell Observatory at sunset

The western Newfoundland campus of Memorial University is home to Atlantic Canada's largest telescope, a 0.60 m (24") reflector! While its primary functions are teaching and research, frequent viewing opportunities for the general public are available.

Public Observing Nights are scheduled for the following dates - cloudy or clear.

Saturday, August 10 @ 9:00 PM (note earlier time!)
Saturday, August 17 @ 9:00 PM 

Meet in the new lecture theatre, ASE 2026 to begin with an introductory talk. No reservations are necessary. (Please note that the tour is not suitable for chidren under 7.)

If it is clear, the public will have a chance to view through the  main 0.60 m telescope.  If it is overcast, we will tour the observatory and display area. More information can be found on the Public Tour page.

Saturn seen through a small telescope (like ours).

The July Public Nights will have a special emphasis on Saturn, the ringed planet. Check out the latest on the Sky News page - how you can have your picture taken with Saturn on July 19th!

August Public Nights will feature an introduction to the Moon, with a chance (hopefully) to view from cresent to waxing gibbous. The Sky Tonight page has tools and links to show you what's "up".

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 guess 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 links at left or through our email:

street address:

Grenfell Campus
Memorial University

20 University Drive
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4

mailing address:

Grenfell Campus
Memorial University

PO Box 2000
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 6P9

email addresses:

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Switchboard: 1-709-637-6200

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Registrar: 1-866-381-7022