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Project Backstory

The Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard will be a new focal point for campus and community life, not only at night when the observatory is open, but also during the day, with "star tables" and other places to hang out, and with a wide variety of landscape elements to represent our scientific understanding of the cosmos. The site is just east of the Academic Quadrangle, and is directly south of Strand Hall.

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The completed site will be close in form to this rendering (only better!)

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SFU also officially opened the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education on the Burnaby campus on January 9 2014 (see links at the bottom of this page). Both projects are being established through the vision and financial support of the Trottier Foundation, headed by my brother Lorne Trottier and his wife Louise Rousselle Trottier, and their daughters Claire and Sylvie, and spearheaded by yours truly, Dr. Howard Trottier, aka "Mr. Starry Nights @ SFU".

Our Community Partners

I am so very grateful to my family for their amazing support of this project, and my outreach work. I'd also like to acknowledge two very important community partners of this project. One is the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, whose dedicated volunteers have brought telescopes to our star parties for many years. With the opening of the observatory, we will need them more than ever, for technical assistance with observatory operations, as well as for volunteers with their telescopes stationed around the site, to complement the view through the observatory scope!

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And we are very fortunate to have the SFU Astronomy Club as a partner: with about 500 students, the club has been a big part of Starry Nights @ SFU since our beginning!

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The Construction Picture of the Day!
 

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Day 27: Friday October 17
Another busy day at the observatory site!
Can you spot the window? The window will be covered when the observatory is in operation. But when it's cloudy at night, the telescope will be seen in the window
, softly lit, waiting for the skies to clear ;).
 

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Day 25: Wednesday October 15
Concrete! Repeat after me: Concrete! Yes, this was a drizzly, foggy day. But there was Concrete!

 

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Convocation Hiatus: Thursday/Friday October 9/10
Construction stopped on Thursday/Friday October 9/10: Either this was due to Fall Convocation, or the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend ;). Whatever, those Starry Walls are going to be awesome!
 

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Day 22: Wednesday October 8
Take a close look at the company label - Astra Concrete Pumping: does that sounds promising, or what?
 

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Day 17: Wednesday October 1
It's all about rebar!
 

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Day 13: Thursday September 25

OK, the cylinder is for the observatory, but what are those huge walls in the back for ;)-?


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Day 10: Monday September 22
What's going on back there?! Read the article by Cornelia Naylor!
 

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Day 9: Friday September 19
A soggy day brought this addition to the site. Thanks to Diane Mar-Nicolle, Communications Officer for the Faculty of Science, for the pic!
 

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Day 7: Wednesday September 17
I'm away from campus for one measly day, and look what they did ;). The foundation can't be too far off now!
 

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Day 5: Monday September 15
SFU Media and PR today advised the campus community that construction is expected to continue through to February 2015!
Hey, what happened to the small berm at the back of the site ;)?
 

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Day 4: Friday September 12

Look at all that dirt!
 

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Day 3: Thursday September 11

What is that trench doing there? Anyway, not bad for a day's work ;)!
 

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Day 2: Wednesday September 10
You know things are moving ahead when a big excavator turns up on the site on just the 2nd day of construction!
 

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Day 1: Tuesday September 9
Day 1 of construction of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard at SFU!
 

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January 9 2014
SFU announces Trottier Observatory and Trottier Outreach Studio!!!
Read
the press release and watch a video about the project!

Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard at SFU!!

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Copyright 2014 Howard Trottier

Starry-eyed
@ SFU since Nov. 2007

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