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May 11 2024


7:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Queens Observatory Open House

Step beyond the boundaries of Earth and voyage into the cosmos at the Queen’s Observatory Open House on Saturday, May 11th, at 7:30 PM. This enlightening evening will feature a fascinating presentation by Queen’s Professor Lawrence Widrow, who will delve into the pivotal moments of the 1919 Total Solar Eclipse and its monumental impact on our understanding of space, time, and gravity. This historical event, which provided the first observational evidence for Einstein’s theory of general relativity, fundamentally shifted our perspective of the universe. Professor Widrow’s insights will transport attendees back in time to this groundbreaking moment in scientific history, making complex concepts accessible and engaging for all.

Following the presentation, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to tour the cutting-edge facilities at the McDonald Institute Visitor Centre. Explore the world of astrophysics as you get up close with the tools and technology that allow us to reach for the stars. The evening continues with a hands-on experience using the observatory’s telescopes to observe both nearby and deep-sky celestial objects, weather permitting. This is a rare chance to gaze upon the wonders of the night sky through professional-grade equipment and perhaps catch a glimpse of distant galaxies or radiant star clusters. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious newcomer, the Queen’s Observatory Open House promises an unforgettable journey through the cosmos. Don’t miss this stellar exploration of the universe!

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