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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 April 8th, 8:00-9:30pm

The April talk will be given by the Director of the Observatory, Professor Stephane Courteau of Queen's University, and is titled "Astronomy in South Africa and the Square Kilometre Array".

This presentation starts with a historical overview of astronomical facilities in South Africa, culminating in the development of some of the most powerful optical and radio telescopes on Earth. For instance, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international collaboration to build the world’s largest radio telescope in Australia and South Africa (it will involve other African countries as well). Scientific operations are scheduled to begin in the early 2020s. Canada has been involved in the SKA project since its earliest stages, and continues to play a leading role in the advanced design, technology and research activities needed to create this exciting facility. This well illustrated presentation is for the non-expert public.

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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.