Events Calendar

Saturdays in SUMMER Public Nights at the Cronyn Observatory

Saturday, August 17, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cronyn Observatory (CO)

(sunset 8:25 p.m.)

Come on out and join us for an evening of stargazing. The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will be beautiful sights in our telescopes.

Presentation Title: "The Interstellar Medium"

Summer Schedule:

The Observatory is open every Saturday evening during the months of May, June, July, and August.

Start time is 20:30 (8:30 p.m.). Closing time is 23:00 (11:00 p.m.).

The final summer public night for 2019 will be on Saturday, August 31.

A brief schedule of upcoming events can be found on the main Cronyn Observatory page (

General Information:

Our Saturdays in Summer public nights are first and foremost a time to view the skies through our telescopes and to pose your favorite questions to the astronomers hosting the evening. Objects viewed vary with the season, but might include the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, binary stars, star clusters, planetary nebulae, or galaxies. There is nothing like seeing these wonders with your own eyes!

There will also generally be a presentation of general astronomical interest to be held in the lecture theatre at one or more times during the evening. We often will also open up our 1940 and 1967 period rooms to the public, as well as our astronomical demo vault in the basement. 

In the event of cloudy skies, the observatory will still be open for the presentation, demos and a look at the telescopes, but closing time might be earlier. 

Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are also on hand with their portable telescopes set up on the Observatory balcony and  front lawn. If you're interested in doing some astronomy as a hobby, these are the people to talk to.

There is no charge, and no reservations are necessary; come and go as you please throughout the evening. The University has free parking on the weekends; check Western's "Visitor Parking" web page here:

Physics & Astronomy Department
Dr. Jan Cami - Associate Professor and Director - Cronyn Observatory
519-661-2111 ext. 80978
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