Photo: Jawad Sakarchi

UBC Astronomy Club Observation Tools

Here to help you see the night sky in its fullest.

What are we doing?

Right now, we're working on building a database of observation sites around the world (good and bad!). We're also working on machine learning models to use this information, along with other information like elevation maps, light pollution maps, etc. to build a computer model to predict where good observation sites might be.

In the spirit of open data, we're also building an online tool and an API (application programming interface) to make all of this information easily searchable for everyone's use. We will be releasing these tools once we get more reports.

Of course, we need your help building this database! Any information you contribute is greatly appreciated. If you're interested in helping us succeed, please share this site with your astronomer friends.

Do note that all of our tools are free and always will be.

What information do we collect?

We collect lots of information about sites:

  • How good the views are, how much local light pollution there is, etc.
  • Is there camping? Electricity? Do you need a permit?
  • How hard is the spot to get to?

If you visit a site multiple times a year, feel free to submit multiple reports. That way we can also track the time-dependence of different attributes. For example, is there only local light pollution in the summer? In addition, we'd love to hear about bad sites, those are just as helpful!

We also collect the IP addresses reports come from to help prevent spam. This information is not shared with anyone.

Tools by Mia Kramer