Astronomy by the Bay

Astronomy by the Bay large header photo showing two groups of people under the stars

One of the more interesting things you’ll find in Saint John is “that guy on the beach with a telescope” at Saints Rest Beach. Astronomer Chris Curwin practices the art of Sidewalk Astronomy. He calls his Outreach and Sidewalk Astronomy efforts Astronomy by the Bay.

Two telescopes set up for public viewing at Saints Rest Beach in Saint John, NB.

He clocked an amazing 2,439 people to his scope(s) in 2016, and he posts on his FB page ahead of time if he is heading there. Even if you can’t make it down, check out his page–you’ll sometimes feel as if you were there. It’s interesting and it’s fun.

He is often joined by other astronomers as well, sometimes hosts Facebook Live Events, and will let you take pictures through the telescope with your phone.

The Moon from Saints Rest Beach.
Above and Below–The Moon as seen from Saints Rest Beach and as shot through a telescope.The Moon as shot through a telescope at Saints Rest Beach.

A Dobsonian Telescope set up at Saints Rest Beach, Saint John, NB.

The relative peace and quiet of Saints Rests Beach on the Bay of Fundy provides an ideal spot to get away from it all and maybe catch a glimpse of some of our celestial wonders in the night sky.

Large telescope set up for the public at Saints Rest Beach, Saint John, NB.

Chris also practices Outreach in classrooms, at private and public star gazing events, and posts information and updates on his Facebook Page.

Photo of Outreach Event at a school.

Chris Curwin of Astronomy by the Bay looking at a live feed through a telescope at Saints Rest Beach in Saint John.


A beautiful telescope setup for public viewing by Chris Curwin of Astronomy by the Bay.

Check out the Thank You video below, a composite of SJAC Outreach Events and pics from Saints Rest Beach.

Chris Curwin setting up for Astronomy by the Bay public outreach.Above and below– Chris setting up at the beach. More links to Sidewalk Astronomy and here.Chris Curwin setting up at Saints Rest Beach in Saint John.

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