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Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus will soon be home to a $4.4 million astronomical observatory and plaza.
The observatory, which is due to be built by August 2014, will house a telescope that the public can use to view galaxies billions of light years away.
The reflector telescope will also provide a digital feed that can be watched remotely by community groups and public schools across the country.
A viewing plaza next to the dome will feature sundials and room for visitors to set up their own telescopes.
"There's a sense that science is something that's not accessible to the public, but astronomy is different," says SFU physics professor Howard Trottier. "It gives people that direct experience."
Trottier, who has run SFU's "Starry Nights" public astronomy workshops since 2007, says he hopes the observatory will encourage young people to develop and pursue a passion for astronomy and science.
When I read this I got quite excited. I have always loved to stare at the night skies on the back sundeck when I was a kid. Had to use the good 'ol binoculars just to get a clear shot at a star.
Now with this observatory completed in August, I am sure to be checking it out when it opens to the public. Finally, I can view some of the far out galaxies in our universe!edit on 10-1-2014 by Skywatcher2011 because: (no reason given)
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Hey, GREAT share OP! I would likely never have heard of this ..and now that I have? Well, when I next have that elusive thing called spare cash to do something they say is called "vacation"? I think that may well be a fine reason to enjoy the scenery and other beauties British Columbia offers.
You bet I'd love to look through pro-level equipment and see the night sky like I can really never see it otherwise. It would be well worth the trip and side trip to that spot!
S/F and thanks!
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This is a little off topic, but lockheed and martin are working together with Cascade Aero Space. I think that may be the reason why we maybe seeing a lot of UFO's here in the fraser valley. Im pretty suspicious of them because of their past and all the info thats been slowly getting leaked on the internet. Its just one possible reason as to why we are seeing an influx of UFO activity here in the past few years.