AAS 197, January 2001
Session 54. Education and Public Outreach
Joint Display, Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[54.10] Astronomy Public Tour Program at the University of Toronto

W. A Barkhouse, C. R. Burns (U. Toronto)

In January of 1998, the Department of Astronomy at the University of Toronto, implemented an astronomy public tour program at its downtown campus in the city of Toronto, Canada. This program was initiated, organized, and run by the volunteer effort of the departmental graduate students. The purpose of this program is to help educate the general public about astronomy and to share our excitement and enthusiasm. We also wanted to present the opportunity for observing celestial objects with the departmental 8-inch refracting telescope. This program has been highly successful and serves as one of the main public outreach programs at the University of Toronto.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: barkhous@astro.utoronto.ca

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