December 6 Public Viewing

Our next public viewing at our telescope will be Tuesday, December 6, from 8:00-9:00PM. You may also attend between 7:00-8:00PM, but priority in accessing the telescope during that time will be given to a children’s group that has arranged to attend (so that just means you might have to wait a bit).

Our observatory is on the rooftop of UPEI’s Memorial Hall, but we ask that you come first to room 417 to wait for your turn to go up to the telescope. Volunteers from local astronomy groups and UPEI Physics will have information about the Moon and answer any questions for you while you wait.

It is necessary to climb a flight of stairs to reach the telescope, but the elevator can be taken up to the 4th floor waiting room.Observatory Location & Parking

In the evening hours, campus parking lots are free, with parking lots B and C being the nearest lots to Memorial Hall.

If the weather is cloudy and we cannot view the sky, the event will have to be cancelled.

How to Use Your Telescope Workshop

Do you have a telescope at home that you’re not really sure how to use? Then we invite you to attend our “How to Use Your Telescope” workshop where volunteers from our Community Astronomy Network will help you set up your telescope and practice using it.

The workshop is still in the planning stages, but we hope to hold it in the latter half of January 2017 on the UPEI campus. If you’re interested, please pre-register so that we can try to arrange a date that will work for as many people as possible.

Link to registration form

November 19 Public Viewing – CANCELLED

UPDATE (10:30AM Nov. 19): The weather is looking cloudy all day today, so our viewing is cancelled. Our next scheduled viewing after this one will be Tuesday, December 6 (details will be posted next week).

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Our next public viewing at our telescope will be Saturday, November 19, from 7:00 to 9:00PM. We hope to have better luck with the weather for this viewing than we’ve had during our last few attempts!

Our observatory is on the rooftop of UPEI’s Memorial Hall, but we ask that you come first to room 417 to wait for your turn to go up to the telescope. Volunteers from local astronomy groups and UPEI Physics will have information about the Moon and answer any questions for you while you wait.

It is necessary to climb a flight of stairs to reach the telescope, but the elevator can be taken up to the waiting room.Observatory Location & Parking

In the evening hours, campus parking lots are free, with parking lots B and C being the nearest lots to Memorial Hall.

If the weather is cloudy and we cannot view the sky, the event will have to be cancelled. Our next scheduled viewing after this one will be Tuesday, December 6, from 8-9PM.

Community Astronomy Network

Are you interested in learning about astronomy and getting involved in your community at the same time? Or do you have astronomy knowledge or skills that you can share with our Island communities? If so, please join our network our new Community Astronomy Network (by filling out this form).

If you can volunteer a bit of your time, it will help support astronomy activities on PEI, including:

Some of these programs are spreading out across the Island which is wonderful, but it does make it more challenging for Physics Department staff to provide regular support.

By joining the network, you will be contacted about volunteer opportunities that match your interests and location. You will be under no obligation to accept volunteer roles that are offered to you. If you need to gain knowledge or skills in order to fulfill volunteer roles, we will try to match you up with others who can help you learn.

(Note: individual institutions like schools may require additional screening for volunteers before they can participate in activities; that will have to be worked out between the institution and the volunteer as needed.)

Community Astronomy Network sign-up form

Short Notice Viewing – CANCELLED

UPDATE 3 (Wed. Nov. 2, 4:30PM): Oh my! Still cloudy today, so we have to cancel this viewing, although it wasn’t for the lack of trying!

Information on our next regular viewing (Nov. 19) will be posted later this week; we hope for better weather then!

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UPDATE 2 (Wed. Oct. 26, 3:50PM): It’s once again cloudy with a chance of showers tonight, we will postpone again until Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 7:00-9:00PM.

Our “waiting room” (Memorial Hall 417) is in use by a class until 8:00PM Wednesday, so if you come to the viewing before 8PM, please come up to the top of the stairs beyond the 4th floor (there will be someone around to direct you just in case).

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UPDATE 1 (Mon. Oct. 24, 5PM): It’s cloudy with a chance of showers tonight, so we have to postpone our viewing until Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 7:00-9:00PM.

Our “waiting room” (Memorial Hall 417) is in use by a class until 8:00PM Wednesday, so if you come to the viewing before 8PM, please come up to the top of the stairs beyond the 4th floor (there will be someone around to direct you just in case).

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We’re holding a telescope viewing for students in the astronomy course at the Seniors College of PEI and we thought we’d open up the viewing to members of the public who would also like to attend.

The viewing will be from 7:00-9:00PM on Monday, October 24. We anticipate that the wait to go up to the telescope will be longer in the earlier part of the session as there will 15 to 20 astronomy students attending.

Our observatory is on the rooftop of UPEI’s Memorial Hall, but we ask that you come first to room 417 to wait for your turn to go up to the telescope. It is necessary to climb a flight of stairs to reach the telescope, but the elevator can be taken up to the waiting room.

Observatory Location & Parking

In the evening hours, campus parking lots are free, with parking lots B and C being the nearest lots to Memorial Hall.

If the weather is cloudy, the event will have to be cancelled. Our back-up date is Wednesday, October 26, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.