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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.

Please join us at our next Open House on Saturday October 14th from 7:30-9:00pm! The October talk will be given by Dr. Majd Abdelqader from Queen's University.

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Also, please join us at the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre's celebration of Dark Matter Day on October 23rd! The event is completely free. Come out and learn about the mysterious dark matter that comprises about 85% of the matter in our Universe from world leaders in the field! For more information and contact information regarding Dark Matter Day at Queen's click here


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.