Anna McPherson Observatory

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Atop the Rutherford Physics Building here at McGill is the Anna I. MacPherson observatory. This consists of a 14-inch Celestron telescope in a dome, several smaller portable telescopes, and a small 1400 MHz radio telescope. The rooftop location provides one of the best observing experiences in Montreal for objects such as the moon, Saturn, Jupiter, nebulae, and much more. The observatory is run by graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Physics and the McGill Space Institute at McGill University.

We also offer free educational observing programs for schools and CEGEPs.These programs provide a guided observing experience either at our observatory, or by bringing our smaller telescopes directly to schools. Please contact us at observatory [at] physics [dot] mcgill [dot] ca for more details.

If you are interested in observing, we host monthly public observing nights (limited spots available!). Details are posted to Facebook and Instagram about two weeks before the event. If you are unable to attend these events, private observing nights can be booked for any group of 10+ people by contacting us at the email above.

*Dates for Winter 2024 will be published by mid-January*

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