Observatory Programs & Events

Hesje Observatory Stargazing and astronomy program

Cost: $150 per group ($100 for U of A groups) - Fixed Price
Group Size: solo to maximum 10 people
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Contact: hesjeobservatory@ualberta.ca
Presenter: Rae Metrunec, Hesje Observatory Technician

All groups are welcome! This program includes a tour of the facility, along with stargazing and observing deep into the cosmos through our two telescopes. Our observatory, and all of Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is in the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, which allows for optimal viewing opportunities. You will observe planets, stars, star clusters and nebulae deep in our galaxy, and even other galaxies depending on conditions! Discover the different properties of these objects, as well as how the telescopes allow us to see them up close.


Our observatory, and all of Miquelon Lake, is in a dark sky preserve, which allows for optimal viewing opportunities.


Check the current schedule to see which dates are still available. Weekend evenings can be accommodated by special request but there is limited availability.

Please email hesjeobservatory@ualberta.ca to request a program. Dates are first come first serve and subject to changes due to poor weather. A completed day use application form will also be required. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination, in compliance with the University of Alberta’s vaccine protocol.

Photograph of Orion's nebula

Orion's nebula, photographed with the observatory's CDK17 telescope