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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.
The completed site will be close in form to this rendering (only better!)
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 acknowlege 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!
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!
The Construction Blog Starts Here!
Day 5: Monday September 15, 2014
SFU Media and PR today advised the campus community that construcion is expected to continue through to February 2015!
Hey, what happened to the small berm at the back of the site ;)?
Day 4: Friday September 12
Look at all that dirt!
Day 3: Thursday September 11
What is that trench doing there? Anyway, not bad for a day's work ;)!
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!
Day 1: Tuesday September 9
Day 1 of construction of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard at SFU!
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@ SFU since Nov. 2007