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The first Queen's Observatory was established in the mid-19th century, the beginning of a long and distinguished history of astronomical observing at Queen's University. The current Observatory houses a 14-inch reflecting telescope in a dome on the roof of Ellis Hall, used primarily for student training and public demonstrations.

Join us for our monthly Public Open House, Saturday December 10th, 7:30-9:00pm

The December talk will be given by James Sikora, a PhD graduate student at Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada, titled "Audible Astronomy: The Sounds of Space".

Is there sound in space? If you could visit Saturn would you hear any noise? In this talk, we’ll answer these questions by first learning how to listen to the sounds of space. We will then tour the solar system in order to hear the "chorus" produced within the Earth’s magnetosphere, the steady hum of the Sun’s vibrations, and the eerie howl of Saturn’s aurora borealis. Next, we will tune our ears to the sounds of deep space in order to hear the strange and otherworldly sounds that are associated with exotic astrophysical phenomena.

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Public Open Houses are an exciting way for the Queen's Observatory to give back to the Kingston community by sharing our knowledge and facilities to inquiring minds young and old. Our guests are invited to come and experience free of charge the wonders of our Universe from the smallest planets to the largest galaxies!

See our selection of images taken with the Queen's Observatory 14-inch reflecting telescope by our students.

The Queen's Observatory offers daytime tours for schools, summer camps and educational institutions. The Queen's Observatory and the Queen's University Miller Museum of Geology have started a joint educational programme, The Earth & The Stars!, which links to the science curricula for Grades 4, 6, and 9. Schools can bring one or two classes at a time, with each class spending an hour at each site.


Press & Publicity

Watch the history of the Queen's Observatory in the news, which aired on local CKWS Kingston television September 9th, 2010.