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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Walking with Astronauts
August 2018 - Fridays
10:00pm-12:00am

Greetings from outer space! For thousands of years, humans have marvelled at the mysteries of the cosmos. It’s only recently that we have made leaps and bounds into the vastness of space. In the past 50 years, humans have walked on the moon, set-up residence in orbit around the Earth, and sent robotic probes to explore our solar system and galaxies billions of light-years away! Retrace our historic journey to the stars and beyond in an evening filled with wonder and discovery.

Tour of the Universe
August 2018 - Thursdays & Saturdays
10:00pm-12:00am

Stimulate your senses as you explore the cosmos using the observatory’s fleet of telescopes to find galaxies, planets, nebulae and more! Join our astronomers and explore the subatomic universe to the very edge of the observable universe.

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

Special Celestial Event – Annual Perseid Meteor Shower
Sunday August 12­, 10:00pm-2:00am  

This annual celestial spectacle is one of the most impressive meteor showers, producing around 60-70 meteors per hour at its peak, on August 12th. This amazing show is created by the dust and debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle as it makes its annual pass by Earth. Join us at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory for this outstanding event!

Celestial Event Admission: $15 per person

Book Your Out of this World Experience Today!
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Closed for Private Events:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018

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.

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 & Guidesanthony with telescope compressed
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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