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Mythology of the Night Sky Open House

Saturday February 6

Gates open at 8pm to 11pm

Entrance fee: $20 per car OR $10 per person*

Lisa Hughes University of CalgaryPegasus

Lisa Hughes from University of Calgary’s Greek and Roman Studies department will be presenting the Ancient Greek interpretation of the February night sky. Learn more about the clashes of the heroes, goddesses and the immortals especially in the context of the Ancient Greek Zodiac.

Each open house we welcome the knowledgeable and intrepid volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Calgary Chapter. They present a talk on what is in the sky as well, you will find their telescopes setup for public observing. They help to make each open house an incredible experience and we hope you appreciate their contribution to our open house nights as much we do!

In the sky – Jupiter is visible later in the evening and a waning sliver of a moon in the sky will create great viewing conditions.

The Observatory is a dark sky area. You are welcome to bring a flashlight, red light is preferred. The telescopes are located outside or in unheated domes so please dress for the weather.

*All proceeds fund our educational programs. We offer programming for school and youth groups throughout the year. Thanks.

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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  ??

   International Dark Sky 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!

Current Sky over the RAO:  RAO All Sky Camera

 

 

 

  Read more about this cool image, and see the latest data from our Sky Quality Meter, by visiting the Skywatch page.

Successful Launch!

SWARM

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: 

artists conception of the CASSIOPE satelliteOn 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:

Discovery images of C/2010 B1 CardinalTo 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.  Congratulations 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 prestigious ASTech Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness:            read more >>


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