PUBLIC NIGHTS AT THE DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY
STAR TALK nights offer great talks by great speakers on astronomy, space science and sometimes, science fiction.
You'll also have a chance to tour the Observatory and (weather permitting) check out the night sky through a variety of telescopes set up on the lawn and through the big scope in the Main Dome. If the weather gods are angry, you can check out the (virtual) night sky in our new Skylab.
STAR TALK nights run regardless of weather conditions.
Youth (age 11-17): $5
Tickets must be purchased in advance for Star Talk nights. Click on the "Buy Now" button beside the desired date and time that will take you to the online ticket purchasing page. The online system limits to 10 tickets per order.
Tickets for speaker nights are non-refundable since the program runs regardless of sky or weather conditions. If it's cloudy, hang onto your tickets for free viewing on a future evening.
Please do not bring young children to our Star Talk nights. While our guest lecturers gear their talks for the general public, young children are likely to find it a very long night. Kids will find Observing Nights and Family Nights a much better experience. For safety reasons, children under 7 years of age are not permitted in the Main Dome.
FAMILY Nights are a great introduction to the night sky for our younger guests. Look through telescopes, visit the Skylab and find out what's really up there!
Family Nights require tickets to be purchased in advance. This program runs regardless of sky or weather conditions. If skies are clear you can check out the night sky through a variety of telescopes including the biggest optical telescope in Canada! The evening also includes a presentation in our new Skylab that offers great (virtual) night sky viewing.
All tickets $5.00
(For safety reasons, children under 7 years of age not permitted in the big dome, but are welcome to look through the smaller telescopes on the lawn.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
We regret there is NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESS to the observatory or bathrooms. Access to the telescope and bathrooms requires the use of stairs.
DDO Management reserves the right to restrict access to anyone whose behaviour jeopardizes the safety and security of the facility and/or the enjoyment of the facility and programs by other visitors or staff. We welcome everyone who is supportive of the work our organization does as stewards of the facility.
Media wishing to access the DDO property and/or Observatory must first obtain permission from:
Metrus Development 905-669-5571 or RASC Toronto Centre Public Affairs 647-405-8118.
For other requests contact the DDO at info@theDDO.ca or by phone at 905-883-0174