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

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

Stargazing on Alumni Weekend

Friday September 19, 8 - 10pm
Saturday September 20, 8 - 10pm

Solar Observing on Alumni Weekend

Saturday September 20, 12 - 2pm

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