(Header picture taken from a photo by former physics student Andrew Clark with our Meade RCX400 telescope)
The Physics Department holds a free public viewing approximately every month. The times for the viewings will vary from month to month depending on the daylight hours.
If it is raining, completely overcast, or the weather is predicted to be very poor, then the astronomy viewing will be cancelled. We try to update very early on the viewing day if possible. In that event, a message will be left at (902) 566-0745. We will also post a notice on our Astronomy page at http://physics.upei.ca/astronomy and if possible through our Google Groups email news feed and our Twitter feed (see “Getting Viewing Updates” below).
For any last minute cancellation information, please check the phone message at 566-0745. The other electronic media will be updated if and when possible. If needed, we try to have any message up before 6:30pm of the viewing night, but if it clouds over later in the evening, the telescope operator can choose to close early and we may not be able to update the messages. If you can’t see the stars or it’s raining/snowing, as it often is in Charlottetown, there’s always the next month.
Charlottetown is not a particularly good city for astronomy viewings as we often have overcast skies or precipitation. We apologize if we end up cancelling a few times in a row. If that happens, we sometimes put on an extra session.
Getting Viewing Updates
To sign up for email reminders of our viewing 1-3 days before the event and for any weather caused cancellation the day of the day, join our google notification group below through a gmail or a gmail-linked account. To simply view the online messages, click on the link below and bookmark it in your browser for later viewing of updates.
We also provide updates about public viewings (and other astronomy-related information) on our Twitter feed @UPEIAstronomy
For any last minute cancellation information, please check the phone message at 566-0745. The other electronic venues will be updated if and when possible.