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Amazing skies, photographing the stars with Alan Dyer

World-renowned astrophotographer hosting guests at Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Sept. 28

Sept. 5, 2013

World-renowned astrophotographer, Alan Dyer, will be hosting guests on September 28, 2013 at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) for an evening of photography.

Dyer, who is a writer and producer of digital planetarium shows for the TELUS Spark science centre in Calgary, is one of Canada's best-known astronomy writers, particularly in his role as associate editor of SkyNews magazine. He also serves as a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope, writing frequent reviews of equipment.

Fueled by a relentless curiosity and passion for astronomy, Dyer often takes the opportunity to visit the southern hemisphere to pursue sky observing and photography. In addition, his passion for eclipse chasing has taken him to every continent, capturing 15 total solar eclipses.

On September 28, 2013 the RAO's observing terrace will also feature an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and members of the Royal Astronomical Society. Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.

WHAT: RAO Public Late Night Observing: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes

WHO: Alan Dyer, Amazing Sky Astrophotography

WHERE: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange

WHEN: Saturday September 28, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

COST: $20 per car or $10 per person, all proceeds to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programming