Lockhart Planetarium

The Lockhart Planetarium, in room 394 of the University College Building, seats 55 people inside its eight meter dome. The planetarium projector system, pictured below, was modernized in 2020 to a Spitz SciDome 2400 projector system. The previous opto-mechanical projector was a Spitz A3P star projector and is currently displayed in the tunnels between the Machray Hall and Duff Roblin Buildings.

The modest size of the planetarium makes it an excellent teaching facility ideally suited in preparing first year astronomy students for observing the night sky. Other presentations in the planetarium provide enrichment material not only for these students but also for students of other disciplines. The planetarium has also been host to monthly Astronomy Open Houses, which are open to the university community and to the public.

During any year, however, it is not unusual to find groups from outside the university community visiting the planetarium, usually comprised of people from mini-university in summer, public schools in winter as well as other community groups. The shows, tailored to the individual group, are interactive and presented live by planetarium personnel.

For further information contact:

Danielle Pahud




 Open Houses have resumed as of January 2023.