Gustav Bakos Observatory March Break Tour

Thursday, March 16, 2023 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Observatory dome and doorway
Observe the nearest star to the Earth during a special daytime tour!

NOTE: registration is required

  • Presentation at 3:00 PM in PHY 308
  • Solar observing at 3:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)

The Observatory will be open for a special public tour, offering a chance for elementary and secondary school students and families to look at the Sun through a specially filtered telescope during March break (Waterloo students, staff, faculty, and other members of the public are also welcome). This will be preceded by a short talk on astronomy (around 30 minutes) plus an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour of the dome.

Please note: in the event of bad weather, the talk and tour of facilities will go ahead, but the observing portion will not be possible (if the skies are mostly grey, then we won't be able to see anything through the telescope).

Note: due to repairs in the Physics building, the main entrance and stairwell are likely to be closed during this tour. The map below shows the closed main entrance (red icon) and alternate access points (blue icons) from EIT and the back of PHY. The entrance across from RCH is the closest to PHY 313 and the observatory.

Map of alternate PHY entrances