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Your pathway to the stars!

Man’s fascination with space and the stars above has endured throughout the ages. From Copernicus, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton, to Edmund Halley and Edwin Hubble, to Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, Humankind’s curiosity with What Lies Beyond is as boundless as deep space itself.

Named after one of Canada’s greatest explorers and cartographers, The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory at Fort William Historical Park is your handy portal to a wondrous world of galaxies, nebulas, comets, meteors, and other celestial bodies not commonly seen every day.

From daily solar viewings to evening Star Walks to overnight adventures to lively scientific debates and sci-fi films to special catered evening engagements, the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers numerous exciting opportunities to enjoy and access the mysterious Universe.

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Download the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory Experience Guide to discover the new and exciting programs that our state-of-the-art astronomy centre has to offer!




 
Experience Times
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 10pm to 12am

Tours of the Universe

Thursdays & Saturdays 
10pm to 12am

Stimulate your senses on a journey through the cosmos! Explore the subatomic universe to the very edge of the observable universe through the DTAO's fleet of telescopes, observing galaxies, planets, nebulae and more.

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


Meteors and Asteroids

Fridays, 10pm to 12am

Greetings from outer space! August is a great month to spot meteors and asteroids as we draw closer to the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower, the best meteor shower of the year. Use the DTAO telescopes to search the night sky for meteors and asteroids, and hold outer space in your hands as you discover our meteorite collection.

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


Celestial Event – Annual Perseids Meteor Shower

Saturday, August 12th 
10pm to 2am

This annual celestial spectacle takes place from mid-July to mid-August, and can produce up to 100 meteors per hour at its peak on August 12th.

Admission: $15 per person, Children 5 and under are FREE.


Celestial Event - Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21st
12pm to 4pm

Don’t miss this rare event! In Thunder Bay, viewers will be able to see a partial solar eclipse; approximately three-quarters of the sun will be covered at its peak.

Admission: $15 per person, Children 5 and under are FREE.

Closed for Private Events:

  • Saturday August 5, 2017 
  • Saturday September 23, 2017

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