York University Observatory

York University Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by York University. It is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It owns two telescopes housed in two domes, a Schmidt-Cassegrain (Meade) 40 cm (16 in) and a Cassegrain 60 cm (24 in), and other smaller portable telescopes. Telescopes 1 and 2 are located at the main building at Petrie and the remainder at Arboretum Observing Facility on the roof of the Arboretum Parking Garage. Opened in 1969, York's observatory is opened to both researchers and amateur astronomers. The observatory is open to the public every Wednesday evening, and also hosts public viewing sessions for special events, such as Astronomy Day in 2006, Earth Hour and Science Rendezvous in 2008. There is no admission cost to visit the observatory. Like David Dunlap Observatory, York's location is subject to nearby light pollution. York is located away from residential neighbourhoods, but it is still subject to lights on campus and the surrounding business at the Keele location. Unlike the University of Toronto, York does not own an operate alternate observatory in Canada or abroad.

Other observatories in Greater Toronto
There is one other observatory in Toronto and one former observatory in Toronto:
  • David Dunlap Observatory - Richmond Hill, Ontario (formerly of the University of Toronto)
  • Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory - University of Toronto St. George campus

Building Activity

  • removed a media
    about 6 years ago via OpenBuildings.com