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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Opens its Doors to Stargazers to Participate in the Milky Way Nights

 

RAO - Milky Way NightsYou are invited to join our researchers to observe the dark night sky and gaze at the Milky Way for three evenings in August. On August 13, 14 and 15th, the dark sky conditions are perfect for viewing planetary nebula, globular clusters and distant galaxies. Saturn is the planet most visible in July and August, and it is always amazing to view through a telescope. During the August Milky Way Nights will be the most active time to view the Perseids Meteor shower. Each evening we will offer a sky tour outside on our viewing terrace and point out some of the highlights of the summer sky.

Milky Way Nights are special evenings at the observatory dedicated to solely observing the night sky. There will be 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.

For more details go to: www.ucalgary.ca/rao

What: Public night observing & viewing through RAO telescopes

Who: University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy faculty and students

Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange (click here for directions)

When: Thursday August 13 (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

Friday August 14 (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

Saturday August 15 (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

**you are invited to drop-in between these times

Cost: Donation to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programming.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

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