University of Alberta Observatory

Department of Physics
Welcome to the University of Alberta Observatory!
U of A Observatory Public Hours

September - December 2014

Solar Observing: Thursdays 12 - 1pm (On Thurs. Oct. 23 we will not be open for the regular solar observing hour. Instead, drop by between 2:30 - 5pm for the partial solar eclipse!)

Evening Observing (Sept 4 - Dec 4 2014)
September : Thursday evenings, 9 - 10pm
October: Thursday evenings, 8 - 9pm
November: Thursday evenings, 7 - 8pm
December: Thursday evenings, 7 - 8pm
(December 4 is the last date)

The U of A Observatory is operated by the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta. We're located at the West end of the 5th floor of the CCIS Building. We provide free outreach activities for the public through our regular free observing hours as well as special visits for school groups and other education-oriented groups.

Free Public Lectures

Most Thursday evening public observing sessions will start off with a short public lecture. For a list of the public lectures planned for this semester, please click here!.

Upcoming Special Events


Saturday October 18, 12 - 3pm
Drop in anytime during these hours to view the Sun!

Sustainability Awareness Week Tour

Tuesday October 21, 8-9pm
Book your spot on this tour at the SAW website.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Thursday October 23, 2:30 - 5:30pm
Group Visits

School groups and other education-oriented groups can book a private visit. These visits are free of charge. Please contact us at least one month before your anticipated visit date since there is high demand for these visits and we have limited availability.

Teachers should note that the Sky Scan outreach program is designed to help bring real science activities to Grade 6 and 9 science classes.

To book a visit, contact us at