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Public Events

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Ancient Roman Connections to the Night Sky

We look to the skies to see ourselves. The ancient Romans also placed themselves in the action of the night's sky with torrid mythologies and fiery spiritual connections to stars and planets. Lisa Hughes will present the Roman interpretation of celestial objects and the seasonal changes observed in the sky. Dr. Hughes is an Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and Religion and her research areas include Art and Architecture of Pompeii and Rome.

Space Night will feature access to an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Centre.  You will have the opportunity to look through the telescopes and astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.

In the sky – Close to the new moon phase, the dark sky will create great conditions for observing faint light objects like planetary nebulas and distant galaxies. The sky will be filled with mythical lions, dragons, bears and sea monsters. Mars will be visible along with the planet Jupiter.

What:   Space Night Event at the RAO: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes

Who:    University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy

Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange

When:   Saturday February 25 - 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. **Please dress for the weather**

Cost:      $10 per person plus gst - All proceeds go to the RAO’s educational programming.

This is a ticketed event. Only individuals who have purchased tickets will be admitted. Limited number of tickets will be sold.

This is an all ages event and tickets are required for 8 years and up. Please note that the lectures, activities and observatory site are geared towards 8 years and up.

Tickets will be available on eventbrite on January 25

Sorry tickets are sold out, please add your name to the waitlist, thanks

Apollo Temple Pompeii

By General Cucombre from New York, USA - Pompei 5058Uploaded by Markos90, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22793015

Exploring the Biggest Questions in Astrophysics with the Smallest of Measurements

The biggest discoveries in science made in the last 10 years have come from making the most precise minuscule measurements. Dr. Phil Langill will explore the new technologies that detect gravitational waves, the search for Higgs boson, and exploring brave new worlds - exoplanets.  Learn how these very hard measurements are accomplished and what they tell us about the world we live in and beyond.

Space Night will feature access to an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Centre.  You will have the opportunity to look through the telescopes and astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.

In the sky – The waning third quarter moon phase, will provide views of our lunar neighbour. Fiery red Mars will be straight over head as it moves through the night sky close the the head of Taurus the bull. Leo will be rising in the east as promise of Spring.

What:   Space Night Event at the RAO: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes

Who:    University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy

Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange

When:   Saturday March 11 - 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. **Please dress for the weather**

Cost:      $10 per person plus gst - All proceeds go to the RAO’s educational programming.

This is a ticketed event. Only individuals who have purchased tickets will be admitted. Limited number of tickets will be sold.

This is an all ages event and tickets are required for 8 years and up. Please note that the lectures, activities and observatory site are geared towards 8 years and up.

Tickets will be available on eventbrite on February 11

Exoplanet Transit

NIRISS was contributed by the Canadian Space Agency. The instrument was designed and built by Honeywell in collaboration with the Université de Montréal and the National Research Council Canada.

NASA, ESA, CSA, STSci

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