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What is the Friends of the DAO?


We are a CHaritable ORganizatioN based in Victoria, B.C. dedicated to promoting public science outreach at the Dominion astrophysical observatory.

We aim to revitalize its public programming and visitors centre, the "Centre of the Universe".

All proceeds go directly to supporting our scientific outreach efforts in Victoria. They will be used to improve the Centre of the Universe building, update current exhibits, and ensure that we have the necessary and appropriate equipment for effective science communication.

about US

Find out about our organization and mission.


Become a Member

Ready to join forces?
Membership is easy and inexpensive.

star parties

Join us for free Saturday stargazing parties at the observatory!


VISIT the Observatory

We offer school & cruise tours, as well as host public events.