Astronomy Experiences

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Discover the cosmos at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory
Whether you’re a casual observer or serious astronomer, our state-of-the-art astronomy centre offers an array of illuminating events and programs year-round to explore the mysteries of the universe.

See below for more details about our public events, day and evening educational programs, overnight experiences, and adventures for Scouts and Guides, or download the DTAO Experience Guide.

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The Star of Bethlehem
7pm-9pm
Friday, December 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
Saturday, December 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th
Sunday, December 10th

The origin of the Star of Bethlehem continues to intrigue star gazers. What produced such a bright object in the night sky – a new star, a supernova or something else? Travel into the past to discover the most popular opinions about the origin of the Star of Bethlehem. A perfect activity for the holiday season!

Admission: Adults $10, Senior/Student $8, Youth (ages 6-12) $8, Children 5 and under are FREE

Combine your journey to the stars with Ignite the Fort  on December 9th or 10th!

Book Your Out of this World Experience Today!
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Closed for Private Events
Friday, December 1, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Be sure to come dressed for the weather. A component of the night sky navigation and telescope workshops takes place outdoors, and ranges from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the time of year. 

Education Programs
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers a wide-variety of fun-filled, activity-based day, evening and overnight education programs that meet curriculum requirements from kindergarten through post-secondary.

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Download the DTAO Experience Guide  for more details about our education programs, or speak with a FWHP Reservations Team Member to discuss creating a customized program to meet the needs of your students.

Save on Education Programs!
Purchase any education program and get the second program 50% off, and get a free shuttle for local groups!*
*Offer subject to availability. Second education program must be of equal or lesser value.

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Star Gazing for Scouts & Guides
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers fascinating programs for Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides to earn their respective astronomy related badges. Programs are offered year-round, in the evening, and meet both Canadian and U.S.A. badge requirements.

Download the DTAO Experience Guide for more information.

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Book Your Corporate Adventure
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory’s Discovery Centre offers unique banqueting and world-class catering experiences that combine quality service with a novel, astronomical flavour. It is the perfect location to host your next corporate meeting or social gathering.
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