Welcome to the Burke-Gaffney Observatory!

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☀️ Looking to relive the solar eclipse from Monday April 8? Check our Solar Eclipse 2024 page!

✨ If you're interested in observing the skies through Burke-Gaffney Observatory telescope at Saint Mary's University, join us for a free public open house or contact us for a private group tour! The Upcoming Events page lists the upcoming public events.

📚 For students, find information about your projects and whether the Observatory is open for you tonight on the Students page.

🔭 Our telescope is the only telescope in the world connected to social media in a way that allows anyone in the world to use it - for free! Find more about this Robotic Telescope interface on our website.

💻 For more information about the Observatory including technical information, consult our About pages.

📨 You can contact the Burke-Gaffney Observatory by email or phone and more, found on the Contact Us page.

Latest Burke-Gaffney Observatory News: 

Image of Dave Lane speaking at a podiumThe Burke-Gaffney Observatory is so thrilled that David Lane (pictured on the left), former Astronomy Technician and Director Emeritus of the BGO, was honoured at Saint Mary's University's January 2024 convocation ceremony with a Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Read more about Dave Lane here and find the details of his honourary degree here, on SMU's website.

The BGO would not be the successful, accessible, and busy Observatory that it is today without the work of this single individual over the last thirty years. We continue to be beyond grateful for his work and know that he was so deserving of this honour.

Congratulations, Dave!

Find more news items on our News page.

Image inside the Burke-Gaffney Observatory dome with white ceilings and blue coloured walls. The white and black telescope is being pointed to by Tiffany Fields, Astronomy Technician, wearing yellow and Dr. Vincent Henault-Brunet looks onward as well, wearing white.