June 27, 2011
Throughout three moonless nights in July, dark skies will allow us to view the Milky Way. You are invited to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) to observe next to our research scientists. The darkness will help us key in on distant faint objects and provide opportunities for deep sky viewing. The planet Saturn will be visible during the early part of the night, followed by the Delta Aquarids meteor shower that may be seen streaking across the sky.
Our observing terrace features an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and by members of the Royal Astronomical Society, Calgary Centre and the Telus World of Science.
We’ll have our telescopes operating and astronomers on hand to answer questions. We will kick off the evening with a presentation on what’s up the sky.
What: RAO Public Late Night Observing: presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes
Who: Dr. Phil Langill, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary
Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange
When: Wednesday July 27, Thursday July 28, Friday July 29, between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Cost: Donation to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programming.
For more information, contact:
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory