Since our capacity is limited, to attend you must reserve a ticket online.


Free Public Open Houses are scheduled on at least one weekend each month. On the scheduled weekend, the open house will take place on the first clear evening of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. At the times of year when it gets dark early enough, we schedule two events per evening - refer to the schedule. 


Meet in the lobby (next to the residence desk and the Art Gallery) of the Loyola Residence Building. A campus map is here. The Loyola Residence is marked LR on the map. Here is also a link to a Google Map.

If you are late you may miss out — we have to escort you through a secure access door to reach the observatory.


They generally last one to two hours and involve looking at various astronomical objects through the telescope and discussing the nature of these objects.

We also use a fenced-in Observation Deck on the roof of the building to show you the constellations or objects in one of our smaller portable telescopes. 

These events are suitable for about ages 8 and up.

Open Houses are not held on cloudy or rainy nights. Always call the information line at 902-496-8257 (and press 1) two hours before the scheduled time to find out if the event is on or off.

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