The Observatory



Observatory facilities at the University of Saskatchewan are available for use by both university students and visitors to the campus. The telescopes and other scientific equipment are used by university students during the laboratory component of their courses. University personnel regularly offer tours of the observatory to elementary and high school classes, youth groups and other community associations. The Observatory is staffed year-round on Saturday nights so that any visitor may view celestial objects through the telescope.

The Saturday open house schedule and the observatory tour booking form can be accessed through the links below. If you have any questions about the observatory or wish any additional information on any astronomical question, please email campus.observatory@usask.ca

The campus observatory was constructed in two phases between 1928 and 1930, at a cost of approximately $23,000. University funding was supplemented by private donations. A plaque with the names of many donors still hangs inside the dome of the observatory. Saskatoon residents will find many of the names highly recognizable even today.

Saturday Open House

The Observatory is open year-round, free of charge, on Saturday nights so that any visitor may view celestial objects through the telescope. Visit the Hours Schedule for more info, or phone the Astronomy Information Line at (306) 966-6429 for other information. Parking Info >>

Tours

Tours for school and community groups can be arranged for a prepaid fee of $100 on most Sunday – Friday evenings. To arrange a private tour of the observatory, please start by completing the Observatory Tour request form at the link below. After submission, we will be in touch shortly to finalize arrangements for your tour. Check out the photo tour in the GALLERY >>

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Viewing

The observatory houses a 3 meter long refracting telescope with 6 inch diameter lens. On clear Saturday nights, staff will point the telescope at seasonal objects in the sky. Planets, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and even comets can be viewed at the right times of the year. On cloudy nights, staff present an educational slide show depicting objects in our solar system, galaxy, and beyond. The Observatory also features a small museum with a tour of our solar system. Exhibits also highlight the history and fundamentals of Astronomy, and there is even a display on black holes!

Hours

Month

Time

Day

January

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturdays

February

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturdays

March

8:00 - 10:30 pm

Saturdays

April

9:15 - 11:45 pm

Saturdays

May

9:15 - 11:45 pm

Saturdays

June

9:15 - 11:45 pm

Saturdays

July

9:15 - 11:45 pm

Saturdays

August

9:15 - 11:45 pm

Saturdays

September

8:30 - 11:00 pm

Saturdays

October

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturdays

November

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturdays

December

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturdays

Photo Tour

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Parking

The Observatory is located on campus in Saskatoon, 1 block north of the intersection of Wiggins Avenue and College Drive. The University bus terminal is located across the street from the observatory. Pay parking is available in the lot immediately east of the observatory. 

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