York University's Department of Physics and Astronomy proudly reaches out to the public in the following ways:
Astronomy Public Outreach:
- York University Observatory
Located on the York U campus in Toronto, Canada, the observatory has both 40cm and 60cm wide telescopes and is an invaluable hands-on teaching facility in support of all undergraduate and graduate astronomy courses at York University, that engages in extensive public outreach. The public is welcome, as explained below.
- Professor Paul Delaney
You've seen him give countless TV appearances and heard him on even more radio interviews over the years! Professor Paul Delaney, astronomer at York U is a Star in his own right, who works extremely hard to educate the public about astronomy and to be a trusted authority to comment on significant space and astronomy events when the news media calls on him. Thank you Paul!
- Monday Night Radio - "York Universe" Internet Radio Show
Download and listen to selected interviews and segments featured on YorkUniverse (previously known as “Live From YorkU!”). All archived audio clips are lower quality .mp3s between 5MB and 15MB in size. Send us an e-mail if you’d like the high quality versions! also check out astronomy.fm & and our monday night online public viewing.
- Wednesday Night Public Astronomy Viewing with the Telescopes
The observatory welcomes public interest and highly promotes the field of astronomy to those who are interested. Our public viewing program runs all year round and is popular with the local and visiting communities. On public viewing nights, visitors are able to observe selected celestial objects in the presence of friendly staff, in addition to engaging in various on-hand presentations. The observatory is open regardless of weather conditions, even though viewing through the telescope is limited to clear skies. If it’s cloudy, drop in for a slide show and a tour featuring both of our telescopes.
- Group Tours of the Astronomical Observatory
The York University Observatory offers private tours for school groups, youth organizations, clubs, and large groups of interested individuals. These can include slide show presentations, tours of our facilities, live demonstrations and hands-on activities, and of course, viewing through the telescopes when conditions permit.
- Online Public Astronomy Viewing
Monday nights, after the sun sets and the stars come out, we bring our online public viewing experience. You can see live images from four telescopes/cameras and chat with the staff who will be more than happy to answer your questions. Requests for objects to observe will be entertained
- Scale Model of the Solar System at York University
York University has a scale model of our solar system on campus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! The panels of this model are located in the Petrie Science and Engineering building on the Keele Campus of York University (click for directions). They will be moved to an outside location now that construction of the new Pan-Am Games stadium is complete. Each planet's web page contains images, information (including the length of each planet's year and solar day), and links to more information about that planet online. Now you can visit the whole solar system in less than an hour!
Other Public Outreach:
- High School Teacher's Night and Dinner - York’s Department of Physics & Astronomy holds a special evening for high-school physics teachers every year to talk about science and science educatio, an example can be found here
- High School Students' Movie Night and Dinner - to encourage high school students to study physics and astronomy, and ask questions from York U physicists and astronomers
(1) "Interstellar" (2014 Movie Night)
(2) "The Martian" (2015 Movie Night)
- Artist's Rendition of Physics and Astronomy at York University
- York University’s High School Biophysics Contest
- Department of Physics and Astronomy Twitter Feed
- Speaker's Bureau
- Canadian Association of Physicists Lecture Tour by York U Professors, such as that given by Professor Marshall McCall