Starry Nights

Due to COVID-19, Starry Nights will be held virtually on clear weather Friday evenings until further notice. Monitor our Twitter account @sfutrottobs (shown on the right) to find out when our next event is.

Our evening star parties are free and open to the public. Any equipment or knowledge of astronomy are not necessary.

At our evening star parties our volunteers will help discover the many wondrous celestial objects that can be seen by the naked eye including; our cratered Moon, distant stars of beautiful colours, constellations that tell of ancient lore, and planets in our solar system that hold important lessons for life on Earth, and elsewhere in the cosmos.

If you have your own binoculars or a telescope, bring it with you. We’ll help you learn about your equipment and show you around the night sky. If you’re an experienced astronomer, share your knowledge and passion for astronomy with budding astronomers.

Observatory House Rules

  • Admittance to the observatory is free to the general public (children are welcome). 
  • We make no guarantee that everyone who comes to Starry Nights will get inside the observatory. We ask for your patience and understanding as we make every effort to accommodate as many people as we can.
  • Once you have looked through the telescope, please make your way back outside so that another guest can have a turn.
  • Food,drink and flash photography are not permitted inside the observatory.
  • SFU is not responsible for the supervision of children at public events. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Please do not touch the telescope - despite its size, it is a sensitive piece of equipment!

Starry Night Etiquette

  • Our operation is run by dedicated volunteers who give generously of their time: they include SFU students, staff, faculty, and amateur astronomers from the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Please be sure to thank them!
  • Feel free to use the portable telescopes set up outside the observatory but please remember that these telescopes are the personal property of our volunteers
  • These events may be photographed and/or video recorded by Simon Fraser University for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. By attending or participating in these events, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded. If you do not wish to be photographed and/or video recorded, please let us know and move to the side prior to the shoot.