Outreach | Department of Physics


Community-based Astronomy

The Physics department is pleased to announce that Dr. S. Razul and co-applicant Mr. J. Powell have been awarded a St.F.X. Service Learning Faculty Development and Research Support Fund grant entitled Community-based Astronomy Education and Outreach in the amount of $4,516.00. The grant will be used to purchase a telescope to be used in the soon to be built Fresh Air Society observatory to be located in Lanark, Antigonish County. The observatory will use the dome from the Rev. E.M. Clarke Observatory formerly located on the old Science Hall on the St.F.X. campus. Under the terms of the grant, students enrolled in the Introduction to Astronomy courses PHYS171 and PHYS172 who participate in the Service Learning component will operate the telescope and provide outreach to public groups visiting the observatory.

Previous outreach events

Spring 2010 Physics Teachers Workshop

This workshop is intended for high school physics teachers and will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm in room PSC 3046.

Astronomy talk at St. Mary's River Association

Talk/demonstration by Jamie Powell and Shah Razul on Astronomy: August 13th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m, St. Mary's River Association.
Those planning to attend this program should call the St. Mary's River Association at 522-2099 to register. Please give your telephone number when registering so we can call you when we decide which evening of the three will provide the best viewing conditions. The program will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an opportunity to use telescopes to view the stars and constellations. Also, these dates coincide with the Perseid Meteor Shower and we also hope to see a few meteors.

Public star-gazing event at St.F.X.

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s remarkable discoveries with a telescope in 1609, the United Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The Physics Department at St. Francis Xavier University will host an evening of night-time observing and informal discussion on Tuesday, February 3th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Come out to enjoy telescopic views of the Moon, Venus, and other delights, have some hot chocolate, and join with others in exploring the wonders of the night sky. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Where: Physical Sciences Complex Room 1072 St.F.X.Campus
When: Wednesday, 4 February, 2009 7:00pm -8:00pm (Date changed because of weather)
Contact: Jamie Powell, 867-2302.
More details about the International Year of Astronomy can be found at: http://www.astronomy2009.ca/