Answer it at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Solar System Open House
June 20, 2015
8pm to 11pm
Entrance fee: $20 per car or $10 per person*
The approach to Pluto has begun and we will be learning more about the cold distance object that orbits in the far reaches of our solar system. Dr. Phil Langill will discuss solar observing as well as the latest research on the rocky bodies in our Solar System.
In the sky – Eve of the summer solstice and the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year.
The open house event will also feature access to an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Calgary Centre. Attendees will have the opportunity to look through the telescopes and Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.
Carmen Chinery, curator for the department of geoscience will have a meteorite display. She has a fascinating collection of stellar debris and would be happy to answer questions about these billions of years old rocks.
*all proceeds go towards our educational programming.
No need to pre-register
Sky viewing is out of doors, so please dress for the weather. You are welcome to bring a flashlight (red or dim is preferred).
If the sky is cloudy then we will not be able to operate the telescopes. Watch this website for sky conditions and updates.
Maintaining the wilderness of the night time sky for all to enjoy!
Learn about 'Smart Light' and become a dark sky Citizen Scientist with the RAO's new Dark Night, Star Light project.
Guess who has recently been named the Southern Alberta Chapter of the International Dark Skies Association ??
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 >>