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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 September 9th from 8:00-9:30pm! The September talk will be given by Prof. Gregg Wade from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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Partial Solar Eclipse in Kingston
On Monday August 21st there will be a partial Solar eclipse in Kingston! During this, the Moon will cover about 65% of the Sun at peak, around 2:30pm. Members of Queen's and RMCC are teaming up with RASC to hold a viewing event in Confederation Park (across the street from the City Hall entrance) that is free and open to anyone who wants to come out! There will be Solar telescopes set-up and special glasses to observe the event will be on hand. We will be there from 1pm to 4pm (plus/minus an hour and a half on both sides of the peak). Please come out and join us!!!

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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.