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Picture of the UTSC Observatory and telescope
  • The roof of the Science Wing offers panoramic views of the Highland Creek Valley—and an opportunity to take a closer look at the universe.
  • There’s a 30-cm reflector telescope up there. It was installed in 1976, but had been out of use for the last 10 years.
  • Now, when the night sky is clear, members from the UTSC community and anyone, really, can come take a tour led by a UTSC astrophysicist.
  • With the help of a grant from the 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund, the telescope has been repaired and up- graded with new electrical, new eyepieces, a sun filter and a DSLR camera.
  • The telescope has captured images as close as Mars, Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and Pluto, and as far as two galaxies away (that’s 23 million light years).
  • For astronomy students, it is a chance to get a first-hand look at their subject material.
  • Check out some pictures of what the telescope has seen. To book a visit, contact Hanno Rein, Assistant Professor, Physical and Environmental Sciences: hanno.rein@utoronto.ca. You can follow Prof. Rein on Twitter.