Space Place Canada: Tour of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory (ONLINE)

Tour of Allan Carswell Observatory
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join Space Place Event Committee Chair Julie Tomé on an exclusive tour of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory at York University. Hosted by current Observatory Director Dr. Elaina Hyde, former Observatory Director Paul Delaney, and members of the all-student staff, get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes operations of the largest telescope at a Canadian university! Live images taken by the telescope will be shared during the tour if the weather permits.

This program will be streamed live.


Prof. Paul Delaney

Prof. Paul Delaney was the previous director of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory at York University. He began his career at York in 1986 and over the next three decades he became the public face of astronomy at York, teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and helping spread a love for astronomy to the public – including thousands of elementary students.

He led the Cepheid variable star research program at the observatory for many years, resulting in many undergraduate students’ first publications.

He saw the observatory through many changes over the years - most recently the upgrade to the 1-m telescope, won numerous teaching awards, and was the inaugural Allan I. Carswell Chair for the Public Understanding of Astronomy.

Dr. Elaina Hyde, York University

Dr. Elaina Hyde is the current director of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory. Her research combines astrophysics, data science, cloud computing, planetary sciences, optical engineering, telescope operations and telescope observations. Her primary astrophysical research focus is galactic archaeology.

Elaina is passionate about the promotion of astronomy education and research through public telescope activities and exploration. As a lecturer, trainer, and consultant, she innovates teaching methodologies for interdisciplinary audiences across the sciences as well as for businesses, students and the general public.

Host: Julie Tomé, Space Place Canada

Julie Tomé is a Space Place Advisory member and science educator. For over 20 years she has inspired wonder and curiosity about the night sky through her work at various observatories, science centres, and museums, as well as through numerous outreach activities and the York Universe radio program. As a Museum Teacher, Julie shares her passion for all things science and history with folks of all ages through school programs, camps, exhibitions, and special programs.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Tickets: Eventbrite
Organized by: Space Place Canada and the Allan I. Carswell Observatory at York University