Answer it at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Mysterious Space Open House
8pm to 11pm
Entrance fee: $20 per car*
Fact is more incredible that fiction and there is so much to discover in the universe beyond our little blue planet. Dr. Phil Langill will take on the challenge of interstellar travel and Roland Dechesne will explore our interstellar neighbourhood. A fun evening of science fiction readings is planned. Wear your Sci Fi costume and enter the costume contest. Join us for Sci Fi fun.
In the sky – The eye of Medusa will be watching you from the Perseus constellation.
The sky tonight presentation will kick off the evening. If the skies are clear then we will have the telescopes operating and astronomers ready to answer your astronomy questions.
*all proceeds go towards our educational programming.
No need to pre-register
The event is out of doors, so please dress for the weather and you are welcome to bring a flashlight.
If the sky is cloudy then we will not be able to operate the telescopes. If very poor weather conditions persist then the observing event is cancelled. Watch this website for sky conditions and updates.
The Rothney Observatory was featured on Telus TV click here for link
Donations to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory are hugely appreciated. We endeavour to make astronomy accessible to the public, and inspire scientific thinking and literacy. If you would like support us in this endeavour, you can help by making a donation. Click on this link, and choose "Friends of the RAO" from the Designation drop-down box.
The University of Calgary issues tax receipts for donations of any amount. Thank YOU!
Read more about this cool image, and see the latest data from our new Sky Quality Meter, by visiting the Skywatch page.
The University of Calgary Swarm mission, which consists of a constellation of three satellites orbiting in two different near-polar orbits at 450 and 530 km altitude, is intent on providing the best-ever survey of the Earth's geomagnetic and its temporal evolution. Data gathered will allow for new insights into the Earth and its surroundings by improving understanding of our planet's interior, near-Earth space environment and the sun’s influence on the planet. Swarm will be the first mission to make global, multi-point measurements of magnetic and electric fields simultaneously.
RAO is Operations Headquarters for amazing Canadian satellite research mission:
On September 29th, 2013 the Canadian Space Agency launched the CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer also known as CASSIOPE. You may have noticed a new cube-shaped structure and dome to the south of the big ARCT dome. This is a high-tech satellite tracking installation. The data that the satellite collects while soaring over and inside the Earth's aurora and space weather is beamed down to the RAO for study by U of C scientists. An animation of the satellite orbiting the Earth is here. Stay tuned for an announcement about the official launching celebration of the RAO's e-Pop ground station.
RAO Sky Scanner Extrordinare, Rob Cardinal, discovers comets in 2008 and 2010:
To see Rob's actual discovery images click here. The stars, being in the distant background, are stationary while the comet dashes across the field of view. Congratuations Rob Cardinal!
In Oct. of 2008 and Jan. 2010, using the specialized Baker-Nunn Telescope and its very sensitive CCD camera detector, astronomer Rob Cardinal discovered never before seen comets, now named "C/2008 T2 Cardinal" and "C/2010 B1 Cardinal". read more >>
In 2008 the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory won prestigeous ASTech Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awarenes: read more >>