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THE PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY PARK

In an effort to protect the area surrounding the David Dunlap Observatory the town of Richmond Hill has made official plans to conserve and increase the number of trees and amount of vegetation in the area.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LYN TAN OF RICHMOND HILL!

Congratulations to Lyn Tan of Richmond Hill!Lyn was randomly selected from over a thousand sweepstakes entrants and won a fantastic new telescope courtesy of the Observatory Hill team. Now, she and her family can enjoy the night sky together and discover some of its many wonders.Your family can get in on the action too! Living at Observatory Hill means being just moments from the David Dunlap Observatory, its programs, and the chance to explore outer space from your own backyard. Inspire your family. Call Observatory Hill home.

THE DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON POPULAR CULTURE

You may be interested to know, the David Dunlap Observatory has actually contributed a great deal to the world of science fiction and popular culture, more than you might realize.

A LOCAL STAR

Image Credit: National Film Board Of Canada

Anyone who’s ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it’s an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that’s almost surreal; perhaps that’s why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course.

In 1960 the film “Universe” was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the ‘best documentary’ category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen. It also happened to feature Richmond Hill’s own David Dunlap Observatory, from which Dr. Donald MacRae can be seen going about his work, which is anything but routine; he’s exploring the universe. Perhaps what’s most interesting about the film though, is how it, its makers, its cast, and its effects inspired another.

It’s said that Stanley Kubrick attended a screening of “Universe” and it inspired him to make his own space-centric film, the Oscar award winning 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick was so enamoured in fact, that he hired Colin Low (one of the directors of “Universe”), Wally Gentleman (the film’s optical effects expert), and Douglas Rain (narrator of “Universe) who would voice the now iconic Hal 9000 to help him with his film.
So, not only does the David Dunlap Observatory have a history of accolades in Canadian space exploration, it’s also has a firm connection to Hollywood and will forever live amongst its many stars. Wouldn’t you love to live near a place steeped in such history, innovation, and inspiration? We know just the place.

A LOCAL STAR

Image Credit: National Film Board Of Canada

Anyone who’s ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it’s an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that’s almost surreal; perhaps that’s why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course.

In 1960 the film “Universe” was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the ‘best documentary’ category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen. It also happened to feature Richmond Hill’s own David Dunlap Observatory, from which Dr. Donald MacRae can be seen going about his work, which is anything but routine; he’s exploring the universe. Perhaps what’s most interesting about the film though, is how it, its makers, its cast, and its effects inspired another.

It’s said that Stanley Kubrick attended a screening of “Universe” and it inspired him to make his own space-centric film, the Oscar award winning 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick was so enamoured in fact, that he hired Colin Low (one of the directors of “Universe”), Wally Gentleman (the film’s optical effects expert), and Douglas Rain (narrator of “Universe) who would voice the now iconic Hal 9000 to help him with his film.
So, not only does the David Dunlap Observatory have a history of accolades in Canadian space exploration, it’s also has a firm connection to Hollywood and will forever live amongst its many stars. Wouldn’t you love to live near a place steeped in such history, innovation, and inspiration? We know just the place.

THE PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY PARK

In an effort to protect the area surrounding the David Dunlap Observatory the town of Richmond Hill has made official plans to conserve and increase the number of trees and amount of vegetation in the area.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LYN TAN OF RICHMOND HILL!

Congratulations to Lyn Tan of Richmond Hill!Lyn was randomly selected from over a thousand sweepstakes entrants and won a fantastic new telescope courtesy of the Observatory Hill team. Now, she and her family can enjoy the night sky together and discover some of its many wonders.Your family can get in on the action too! Living at Observatory Hill means being just moments from the David Dunlap Observatory, its programs, and the chance to explore outer space from your own backyard. Inspire your family. Call Observatory Hill home.

THE DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON POPULAR CULTURE

You may be interested to know, the David Dunlap Observatory has actually contributed a great deal to the world of science fiction and popular culture, more than you might realize.

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