About Burke-Gaffney Observatory
Named in honour of Reverend M. W. Burke-Gaffney , S. J (1896-1979), the founder of the Department of astronomy at St. Mary’s University, the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and its Dr. Ralph M. Medjuck Telescope are primary used for undergraduate astronomy education, public outreach, and modest research projects. The observatory was opened in 1972 with a 16-inch Ealing telescope, which was extensively upgraded and renovated in 2013.
Burke-Gaffney Observatory is the World’s First Twitter Controlled Observatory. Observers can get images of astronomical objects through the robotic controlled The Burke-Gaffney Observatory, with its Ralph Medjuck CDK24 telescope. Authorised visitors/users can interact with it using either Twitter or Email and the program live tweets its activities.
What to Do at Burke-Gaffney Observatory?
Things to Do
Visit during public open house to gain a deeper understanding of constellations, learn about sky lore, and to observe stellar objects through portable telescopes.
The observatory also offer free evening private tours for groups of people.
Open House ~ 2 hrs.
Who all can visit the observatory?
Open houses suitable for about ages 8 and up.
When to visit Burke-Gaffney Observatory?
Public Open house – Schedule
2nd and 4th Friday of each month from October to May | 7 pm between November 1 and March 30 & 8 pm during other months.
Every Friday June through September. | 8 pm or later (depending on when it gets dark enough)
The event may be cancelled due to various reasons including weather conditions and holidays.
How much will it cost to visit Burke-Gaffney Observatory?
Free Admission, but tickets needs to be reserved as there are only 24 tickets for each event.
How to get tickets?
How to get to Burke-Gaffney Observatory?
Location & Directions:
The observatory is located on the roof of the 22-storey Loyola Residence tower .
5865 Gorsebrook Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
Lat: 44.630570, Lon: -63.580473
Get Directions from Your Location
For public open house: Meet in the lobby (next to the residence desk and the Art Gallery) of the Loyola Residence Building.
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