Milky Way Nights at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Friday August 2

This is the second of three nights of stargazing (weather permitting) from a reasonably dark site. Hours: 10 pm to 2 am each night.

You are invited to the RAO to observe next to our research scientists. The darkness will help us key in on distant faint objects and provide opportunities for deep sky viewing. In the sky star clusters, nebulas and the Andromeda Galaxy will be visible as well as planets Venus and Saturn.

Our observing terrace features an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and by members of the Royal Astronomical Society, Calgary Centre, and the TELUS Spark Science Centre.

We’ll have our telescopes operating and astronomers on hand to answer questions.

This is primarily an outdoor event, so bring your binoculars, lawn chair and dress for the weather.

Admission: Donation to RAO educational programming, cash only

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  • Sean L.

    Sky charts are showing promise for viewing tonight, better again tomorrow.

    August 2, 2013

  • Roland D.

    Weather prospects are looking mixed, please check the RAO website's web cam to determine if it is worth travelling to the observatory. There is NO planned indoor event in case of clouds.

    August 1, 2013

  • Roland D.

    This Meetup is scheduled to remind people that there are 3 nights of Milky Way Nights, so if you cannot attend the first one, or if it is cloudy on Thursday, there are still other opportunities for stargazing.

    July 30, 2013

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