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Public Observing Nights, school tours and Open House events have been very successful in the two years.  As a result of quite a number of Spring daytime school tours and Summer Public Nights, we are fast approaching 2600 visitors!

The Fall tour/public viewing will be on the following nights:

Saturday, September 20 at 8:30 pm in room AS 375
Saturday, October 4 at 8:30 pm in room AS 2016
Saturday, October 18 at 8:30 pm in room AS 2016

All sessions will begin with a short introductory talk. If it is overcast, a longer talk will precede a tour of the observatory and display area. AS 375 is on the 2nd floor of the older portion of the Arts & Science building; AS 2016 is on the ground floor of the new extension to the Arts & Science building.

No reservations are required and there is no charge.

Note that the tour is not suitable for young children; please do not bring children under 7.

The objects we view will depend on the weather and what is "up", because the sky changes not only during the night, but with the seasons as well! Some of our dates will be favourable for the Moon, but unfortunately this fall all of the bright planets are in the early morning sky. Other interesting objects we might see include double stars, star clusters, planetary nebulae and perhaps a galaxy.

The observatory is equipped with an elevator for accessibility. Please notify us if you require its use.

A limited number of school tours this fall may be requested by contacting us:

If you would like to be put on our "First Notice" Observatory email list, contact us with your email address. You'll be the first to know about observing opportunities with the telescope an any special activities we are planning.


Several important points:Grenfell Observatory at sunset

Dress for being outside! The observatory dome is not heated (or cooled) and is open to the outside, so you should dress appropriately. (Note that even in the summer, nights can get chilly.)

Space in the dome is limited. No more than 18 people can be accommodated for observing at a time, so there may be some waiting if there is a crowd! Parents are encouraged to bring children, but unaccompanied children will not be admitted. (Note that the evening tour is not suitable for children under 7; please do not bring them.)

If it is a clear evening, inside the dome will be dark, to enable viewing at the telescope. Please be considerate of others in the group: do not take flash photos or operate your cell phone. There is usually an opportunity to take photos of the telescope after the tour.

The telescope cannot see through clouds, so on overcast nights there will be no observing. There will however, be a longer presentation and tour of the observatory, telescope and display area.

You wiil not see anything like a Hubble image through the Grenfell telescope. Two important reasons are that the Hubble telescope has 16 times more light-collecting area and is above the light-dimming and distorting atmosphere, but mainly because your eyes cannot store up light the way a camera can. Most of the incredible colour astronomical pictures that you see on TV and in magazines come from telescope cameras that store the incoming light for tens of minutes to hours, add together multiple images, then process the result for maximum effect. Hubble Space Telescope is also above Earth's light-absorbing and distorting atmosphere. But when you look through the eyepiece of the Grenfell telescope your eyes will see the VERY LIGHT that has traveled from the planets or stars or galaxies - it has not been processed!

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Grenfell Campus
Memorial University

20 University Drive
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4

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Corner Brook, NL
A2H 6P9

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