Public Events

The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is open to the public for special events including Space Nights, Milky Way Nights, Sky Events including the upcoming Saturn at close approach. 

 

The Universe is calling.....

          Answer it at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Opening a New Window on the Universe - Space Night

The latest images released from the James Webb Telescope provide incredible new perspectives of Orion, Saturn and the Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina. These breathtaking views of familiar celestial objects fulfil the promise of JWST technology. Observations from the JWST reveal amazing details and mark a new era in astronomy. Dr. Matt Taylor will present his research on the motion of stars in galaxies and how the JWST data will provide endless opportunities for discovery. 

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 – A waning third quarter moon will shine a thin sliver of light and create dark sky viewing conditions. Ursa Major pointing true north and Jupiter and Saturn filling the southern sky.

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 October 22, 2022 – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. **Please dress for the weather**

Cost:      $10 per person – tickets available on RAO website. This is a ticketed event and only those with a pre-purchased ticket will be admitted. All proceeds go to the RAO’s educational programming.

 

SOLD OUT - Visit Eventbrite if you would like to have your name added to the waitlist


Big Universe Mysteries Explored in the Quantum World

Ambitious experiments at CERN in Switzerland are trying to unravel the mysteries of the physical universe.

The University of Calgary are part of a research collaboration who have announced the world’s first laser-based manipulation of antimatter, using a Canadian-made laser system to cool a sample of antimatter down to near absolute zero. Learn more about antimatter, the Large Hadron Collider and potential of the quantum realm. Tim Friesen will be giving his fascinating talk on his work with the Alpha Experiment at CERN. http://alpha.web.cern.ch/

The open house 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 - Orion will be climbing up from the eastern horizon under dark sky conditions with a thin quarter moon. Visible to the south are the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn!

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 November 19 - 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.

Tickets go on sale on October 19th

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

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