University of Calgary

Mythology of the February Night Sky

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 2014-01-13 16:20.

Open house event at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO)

Mythology of the February Night Sky

Associate Professor Lisa Hughes from University of Calgary's Department of Greek and Roman Studies will be talking about the Ancient Greek interpretation of the February night sky. Learn more about the clashes of the heroes, goddesses and the immortals as they were used as a system for identifying stars within the 48 constellations of classical Greece.

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. Attendees will have the opportunity to look through the telescopes to observe a dark sky with the new moon phase and perfect viewing conditions for observing Jupiter and Orion. Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions. The evening will kick off with a presentation on what's up in the sky and the annual family fun night will also include games, puzzles and prizes.

For the full schedule of 2014 open houses at the observatory, see:

What:  RAO Public Late Night Observing: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes                                                           
Who:   Lisa Hughes, University of Calgary, Greek and Roman Studies          
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, February 1 (8-11 p.m.)                                     
Cost:  $20 per car or $10 per person, all proceeds to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programming.