Student Observing Message

Thurs Sept 29: BGO is still being repaired after electrical issues from the hurricane and WILL NOT be open tonight. Hope to see you next week!

(Updated: 2022-09-29 17:06:39)

For those students enrolled in astronomy classes in the Fall of 2022, the observatory is available for your use as indicated below. To find out if the observatory is open on any given night, see the announcement in the box above.

The observatory is located on the roof of the Loyola Residence. Ask the Residence Desk staff to let you through the secure door - your name will be on their approved access list. Make your way to the 22nd floor and head down the hallway away from the football field. On your left there is a stairwell door - go up two flights of stairs to reach the observatory control room. Note - given there are two flights of stairs, this is not a fully physically accessible space! 

You can call the observatory, only when it's open, at 902-420-5896. Dress warmly - the observatory has outdoor weather conditions - that means bring a coat, hat, and gloves!!!

ASTR 1000A or ASTR 1000B

The observatory is open on clear Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm (or 1/2 hour after sunset, whichever is later) to 11pm. To allow enough time to do your project, do not arrive later than 10:15pm - in fact, the observatory may close if no students are present at 10:15pm. It is not open during fall break week.

To find out if the observatory is open on any given night, see the announcement in the box above.

You have a number of observing projects, or aspects of your project, that you can do - only some of them require you to use the observatory. One of them can use the observatory's Robotic Telescope.

The telescope assistants are astronomy students Maigan D, Devin W, and Fraser S. They are there to help you, but not to do your observing assignment. Be familiar with what you are expected to do (i.e. read your observing assignment handout) before you arrive.

Also be aware that if you intend to observe the Moon, it is not visible every evening.

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